Nurses Knowledge Assessment Concerning Prevention of Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia
Keywords:Nurses knowledge, Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia.
(VAP) is defined as pneumonia that develops in mechanically ventilated patients after 48 hours or more of
mechanical ventilator support, VAP increases the mortality and morbidity rates of patients and healthcare
costs, This study was a descriptive cross-sectional survey. Sample a total sample of 126 nurses was collected
for the current study,setting and Participants a convenience sample of graduate nurses was obtained from
eight hospitals throughout Babylon. The study was approved by the ethics committees of the Babylon health
department and the participating, Researcher used standard a questionnaire that integrated the assessment of
nurse’s knowledge for prevention of VAP from the Center of Disease Control and Prevention questionnaire
was validated by a panel of four specialists in the disciplines of nursing, The questionnaire was administered
to the participants in their hospitals by the principle investigator. Nurses were informed that their completion
of the questionnaire would be considered as consent to participate.SPSS version 22 was used for data
analysis, The study conclude that the mean age of participants in the study was young and female, the
majority of the nurses didn’t know that the mechanical ventilator humidifier must be changed weekly to
prevent VAP. Researcher encourage all Iraqihospitals ICUs nurses to involve inclinical training to improve
nurses acquisition and to evaluate the content of the nursing curricula to identify shortcomings in content.
It is imperative that VAP-prevention guidelines be integrated in training and teaching within the nursing
schools, and that the content and teaching strategies of infection control courses are updated.