Avoiding Pitfalls in Trauma Triage: Effect of Nursing Staff Development
Soad M. Hegazy*1, Lamiaa A. El-Sayed2, Tarek Y. Ahmed3, Mohamed Rady3
Department1, Pediatric Nursing Department2, Faculty of
Nursing, Ain shams University
General Surgery Department 3, Faculty of Medicine, Ain shams University
Abstract: Aim: This study aims to evaluate the effect of nursing staff development on avoiding pitfalls in trauma triage Methods: A quasi experimental design was used. This study was carried out at emergency department of surgery at El-Demerdash Hospital and Children Hospital, affiliated to Ain Shams University. Sample: A purposive sample composed of 40 emergency nurses, 20 were dealing with children and rest of them 20 were dealing with adults, add to 200 trauma patients (100 adults and 100 children with school age) from the above mentioned settings. Tools: 1) Self administered questionnaire to assess nurses' knowledge (pre/post tests), 2) Factors affecting triage process assessment sheet (pre- test) 3) An observation checklist to assess: nurses practice and potential errors in trauma triage (pre/post tests), 4) Nurses opinnionair sheet (pre- test) and 5) Clinical data sheet for trauma patients (pre/post tests) Results: There are insignificant differences between studied nurses reports regarding sources of information in triage decision making and factors affecting triage process, added to trauma triage errors reduction among them in post tests .Moreover, nurses knowledge and practice were improved post training . Conclusion: Nursing staff development through training sessions was helpful on avoiding pitfalls in trauma triage. Recommendations: The study reinforces the need for sustained training on triage intervention. Further studies should be done to assess the long term effects of such study on trauma patient's outcome at the emergency department.
[Soad M. Hegazy, Lamiaa A. El-Sayed, Tarek Y. Ahmed, Mohamed Rady. Avoiding Pitfalls in Trauma Triage: Effect of Nursing Staff Development. Life Sci J 2012;9(1):1006-1014] (ISSN:1097-8135). http://www.lifesciencesite.com. 144
Key words: Trauma triage pitfalls, nursing staff development. Full Text 144