COJ Nursing & Healthcare

Recognizing Early Warning Signs for Patient Safety: Study in Pakistan’s Tertiary Care Hospital

  • Open or Close Elizabeth Maitland*

    Zohra Javed, Anwer Ali Khan, NaseemKauser, Laila Rahimi and Rufina Soomro*

    *Corresponding author:Rufina Soomro, Liaquat National Hospital & Medical College, Karachi, Email: rufina.soomro@hotmail.com

Submission: January 22, 2018; Published: March 28, 2018

DOI: 10.31031/COJNH.2018.02.000532

ISSN: 2577-2007
Volume2 Issue2


Introduction: It is not uncommon for hospitalized patients to exhibit early warning signs before deteriorating. Clinical deterioration can happen at any point in a patient’s illness, or care process. Nurses are expected to have skills to enable them to assess precisely the severity of deterioration, as nurses are the first to encounter the patients. In keeping views we as team have develop module on Recognition of Early Warning signs for Nurses to assess their knowledge, educate them and reassess their knowledge.

Purpose: We want to assess the knowledge about early warning signs in our staff nurses then educate them and reassess to see their knowledge improvement.

Study design, material & method: A quasi-experimental pre-posttest design was used to achieve the aim of the study. Pre-test for participants were conducted to assess base line knowledge. Interactive lectures were done by experts. Than hands on workshop arranged in which case scenarios were discussed in groups. To assess the effectiveness of educational module same post test were given. In the end qualitative analysis were also done for reflective writing for individual personalized learning.

Results: The overall compared result shows that the average pre and post scores was significant. Pretest mean score was 6.47(3.15) and it improves in Post Test 11.66(2.58). P value is less than 0.01. This shows that the average pre and post scores for education module were significant. The analysis shows that the workshop was effective in improving the knowledge of Nurses.

Conclusion: After this module implementation, we achieved better results in posttests. The key message from this report is continuous education and emphasis on recognizing early warning signs has brought improvement in nurse’s knowledge and self-confidence.

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