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Nurses’ Knowledge, Attitude and Practice of Oral Care for Intensive Care Unit Patients

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The aim of this study was to describe the intensive care unit (ICU) nurses’ knowledge, attitude, and practice of mouth care for their patients. This is a cross sectional hospital based study. A total of 154 ICU nurses were randomly selected from seven governmental hospitals in Khartoum state and were invited to take part in this study. 97.4% of ICU nurses had high knowledge of the importance of mouth care for ICU patients and similarly for the priority of mouth care. However, only 20% of nurses were found to apply good practice. 64.5% of the nurses received training in mouth care provision, and (81%) indicated that further training would be beneficial. The oral care practice of ICU nurses ranged between average among 57% and poor among 23%. The study highlighted the need for setting of ICU protocols and adoption of advanced training for ICU nurses.

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Ibrahim, S. , Mudawi, A. and Omer, O. (2015) Nurses’ Knowledge, Attitude and Practice of Oral Care for Intensive Care Unit Patients. Open Journal of Stomatology, 5, 179-186. doi: 10.4236/ojst.2015.57023.

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