Influence of nurses' working time on epicutaneous catheter knowledge: a cross-sectional study
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tempo. Nursing
Intensive Care units
Time. Enfermería
Unidades de cuidados intensivos


OBJECTIVE: To analyze the influence of nurses' working time in a neonatal or pediatric intensive care unit on the knowledge about insertion and handling of the peripheral insertion central catheter. METHOD: A cross-sectional study conducted with 22 neonatal and pediatric intensive care nurses. A structured instrument was used, produced based on the Practice Guidelines for Infusional Therapy. RESULTS: The median of training time was 9 years and that of working time in neonatology or pediatrics was 8 years. The length of practice showed a significant difference regarding knowledge about “patient positioning for catheter length measurement” (p=0.010) and “Personal Protective Equipment recommended for dressing changes” (p=0.004), the largest proportion of correct answers being by nurses with shorter working time. CONCLUSION: Time of work showed little influence on the knowledge of the professionals. It is important to invest in continuing education for a safer care.
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