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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2016  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 25-27

Knowledge on obstructive airway diseases and inhaler techniques among nurses


1 Department of Hospital Pharmacy, Chitwan Medical College Teaching Hospital, Bharatpur-10, Nepal
2 Department of Pharmacy, Shree Medical and Technical College, Bharatpur-12, Chitwan, Nepal
3 Department of Internal Medicine, Chitwan Medical College Teaching Hospital, Bharatpur-10, Nepal

Correspondence Address:
Ramesh Sharma Poudel
Chitwan Medical College Teaching Hospital, Bharatpur-10, Chitwan
Nepal
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2278-0521.182862

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Background: Nurses are the key components of healthcare system and their knowledge is vital for improving the effectiveness of inhaler techniques. We aimed to study the baseline knowledge of nurses on obstructive airway diseases and inhaler techniques. Subjects and Methods: A descriptive study was performed among the practicing nurses (n = 24) in a Tertiary Care Teaching Hospital of Central Nepal. Information on demography, knowledge on obstructive airway diseases, and knowledge on inhaler techniques was assessed. Results: About 34% nurses mentioned the three common obstructive airway diseases. None of the nurses mentioned two tools used for measuring airway obstruction; however, 56.4% mentioned at least one correct tool. Majority (87.5%) of them thought that dry powder inhalers allow maximum deposition of drugs in the lung, but 70.8% were unaware of the steps of administration of drugs through inhaler/rotahaler. Conclusion: Practicing nurses had inadequate knowledge about obstructive airway diseases and inhaler techniques. There is urgent need of intervention to improve current knowledge and practice of nurses on obstructive airway disease and inhaler techniques.


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