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t-piece resuscitator; Neo-Tee®; nurse education; neonatal resuscitation
Background: The t-piece resuscitator (TPR) is a device that provides respiratory support for neonates that has been shown to be safe and effective when used correctly. A recurring competency assessment for the TPR does not exist at the intervention site except for the biyearly Neonatal Resuscitation Program® checkoff. Nurses who are not competent and confident with the use of the t-piece resuscitator run the risk of not using it correctly when resuscitating a neonate and potentially causing harm. Methods: The Iowa Model of Evidence-Based Practice was used for this quality improvement project. A literature review was conducted to identify proper use of the TPR and educational methods for nurses. Interventions: Baseline preassessment knowledge and comfort level with use of the TPR, followed by education that included a video demonstration on how to use the equipment. Results: Four week post-education, the assessment was administered again for post-assessment scores. Overall, the scores on the post-assessment were higher than the pre-assessment on areas of comfort level and number of correct answers. Additionally, there was a highly significant difference in pre- and post-assessment answers related to number of questions answered correctly. Conclusion: Identification and implementation of an educational intervention was successful to improve use of the t-piece resuscitator, although overall comfort level was not improved. The retention of knowledge is reassuring and will likely lead to improved use of the TPR.
Roe, Christy, "The effect of an educational intervention on nurses' knowledge and skills related to the T-piece resuscitator." (2021). Doctor of Nursing Practice Papers. Paper 105.
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