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Pediatric Nurses Knowledge Regarding the Use of Pulse Oximeter and Clinical Interpretation of the Oximetry Data

Lilly Prasad


A pulse oximeter is a medical device that indirectly monitors the oxygen saturation and the pulse. It is a non-invasive, painless and reliable method of measuring arterial oxygen saturation. In all health care settings, pulse oximeter is used. Measurement of oxygen saturation is now considered to be a component of routine vital signs. This study was descriptive (survey) in nature and assessed the knowledge of pediatric nurses in a tertiary care setting, regarding the use of pulse oximeter and the interpretation of the oximetry data. 67 nurses, who work in the pediatric set up participated in the study. The objectives of the study were to assess the knowledge and to prepare a teaching module on use of pulse oximetry. A self-administered questionnaire with 25 items on knowledge regarding use of pulse oximeter was used to collect the data. The nurses completed the questionnaire on the same day within two hours after giving their consent. The analysis revealed that 33% had inadequate knowledge and only 4% had adequate knowledge; the others 63% had moderately adequate knowledge. The results of this study have implications for basic undergraduate nursing education program; as well as in orientation, education and training of pediatric staff nurses.

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