Assessment of necessary knowledge of nurses in infarction units

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Κατεύθυνση Προληπτική και Κλινική Καρδιολογία
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Trapali Vasiliki
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Λουκιανός Ραλλίδης, Καθηγητής, Ιατρική Σχολή, ΕΚΠΑ
Χρήστος Παππάς, Καθηγητής, Ιατρική Σχολή, ΕΚΠΑ
Διονύσιος Λευθεριώτης, Καθηγητής, Ιατρική Σχολή, ΕΚΠΑ
Original Title:
Εκτίμηση απαραίτητων γνώσεων των νοσηλευτών - νοσηλευτριών σε μονάδες εμφραγμάτων
Translated title:
Assessment of necessary knowledge of nurses in infarction units
Introduction: The ability of nurses is a complex combination of knowledge, skills and values. Providing patient care in Infarction Units requires competent nurses, with the necessary knowledge and practices appropriate to such a highly demanding department.

Purpose: To investigate the nursing staff working in infarction units if they are well trained with the appropriate knowledge, so that it is functional and useful in the department where it works, offering a high level of services to patients.

Material - Method: The data collection was performed with a questionnaire that included multiple choice questions based on the Algorithm of Immediate Life Support and the interpretation of the electrocardiogram, recognizing basic heart arrhythmias. The questionnaire also included demographic data. This research was aimed at nurses and nursing assistants working in myocardial infarction units. The sample included 70 questionnaires from 5 public hospitals and 1 private hospital within the Prefecture of Attica.

Results: From the analysis of the data it was found that 71.4% of the nurses do not have ILS certification as well as the largest percentage of them do not know the skills of the ILS algorithm. Also, it seems that a satisfactory percentage of nurses distinguish the basic arrhythmias on an electrocardiogram, however, it is not considered a sufficient percentage for nurses working in infarction units. Finally, two statistically significant correlations emerged. The first concerned the level of study and the question of holding an ILS certificate. Those who had this certificate were graduates of University Education and holders of Postgraduate Degrees. The second concerned the age and the question of holding an ILS certificate, where the age group between 20-50 years did not have ILS certification while the people> 50 years old were the ones who in the majority had the specific certification.

Conclusions: The results of this study showed that nurses' knowledge of both Immediate Life Support and interpretation of electrocardiograms was insufficient for departments such as Infarction Units. It is obvious that these results highlight the need and importance of continuing nursing education as well as the maintenance and reassessment of the acquired knowledge of the nursing staff at regular intervals.
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Health Sciences
Electrocardiogram, Knowledge, Nurse, Guidelines of ILS & BLS, ECG - MI, ECG AF, ECG-Wenckebach-AV-Block-1, ECG-Left-Bundle-Branch-Block-LBBB-2, Distance learning, Lifelong learning, Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, Nurses' knowledge/ skills about CPR, Cardiac nursing, Staffing, Workload, Continuing education in nursing
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