n South African Journal of Child Health - Neonatal resuscitation - knowledge and practice of nurses in western Nigeria




. Appropriate resuscitation techniques are crucial to the survival of newborn infants.

. To assess knowledge of nurses in western Nigeria about neonatal resuscitation.
. A cross-sectional survey of the nurses attached to secondary health facilities in western Nigeria was done using a closed-ended questionnaire that tested evaluation and appropriate action aspects of neonatal resuscitation.
. One hundred and seventy-nine nurses were interviewed. Of these, 72.6% had worked in the labour room and the special care baby unit within the last 5 years while only 14.0% had attended neonatal resuscitation training course within the last 5 years. Similarly, 31.8%, 53.1%, 58.1% and 35.2% had access to radiant warmers, ambu-bags, suction machine and oxygen delivery units, respectively. The knowledge of the respondents was better for evaluation than for appropriate action (95.5% v. 49.7%).
. The knowledge of the respondents about appropriate actions to be taken during neonatal resuscitation was poor. Frequent and intensive courses on neonatal resuscitation are highly desired.


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