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Knowledge and practice toward basic life support among nurses working with SARS-CoV-2 patients in Jordanian hospitals

Ahmed Mohammad Al-smadi (Department of Adult Nursing Care, Princess Salma Faculty of Nursing, Al al-Bayt University, Mafraq, Jordan)
Salam Bani Hani (Department of Adult Nursing Care, Princess Salma Faculty of Nursing, Al al-Bayt University, Mafraq, Jordan)
Abedalmajeed Shajrawi (associate professor at Faculty of Nursing, Applied Science Private University, Amman, Jordan and Faculty of Health Sciences, Higher Colleges of Technology, Fujairah, United Arab Emirates)
Ala Ashour (Department of Adult Health Nursing, The Hashemite University, Zarqa, Jordan)
Marwa Halabi (Princess Salma Faculty of Nursing, Al al-Bayt University, Mafraq, Jordan)
Areej Mousa (Department of Adult Nursing Care, Princess Salma Faculty of Nursing, Al al-Bayt University, Mafraq, Jordan)
Mustafa Mohammad Al Smadi (Jordanian Royal Medical Services, Amman, Jordan)

Working with Older People

ISSN: 1366-3666

Article publication date: 15 November 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to assess nurse’s knowledge and practice regarding basic life support (BLS) skills while working with SARS-CoV-2 patients in Jordanian hospitals.

Design/methodology/approach

A cross-sectional survey was conducted among 386 nurses with direct contact with SARS-CoV-2 patients at Jordanian hospitals. A self-administered structured questionnaire was used based on the American Heart Association (AHA) guidelines.

Findings

A total of 386 participants were recruited. The mean years of experience were 7.89 (SD = 5.97). About three quarters of participants revealed they deal with SARS-CoV-2 patients directly (n = 284, 73.6%). The total mean score of nurse’s knowledge was 4.44 (SD = 1.22), while the total mean score of practice was 8.44 (SD = 2.05). Independent t-test was used, which revealed a statistically significant difference between educational level and total score of nurse’s knowledge [t(386) = 0.215 and p = 0.001] and between training to deal with SARS-CoV-2 during BLS and total score of practice [t(386) = 2.66 and p = 0.008]. Pearson correlation discloses a positive correlation between the total score of knowledge and practice (r = 0.343 and p = 0.001).

Research limitations/implications

In general, nurses revealed a moderate level of knowledge and practice of BLS skills. However, assessing nurse’s knowledge and practice during the outbreak of SARS-CoV-2 plays a key role in identifying the gap in nurse’s knowledge and practice, and therefore, it will have an impact on providing high-quality BLS to save infected patients while providing maximum safety according to AHA guidelines.

Originality/value

This study is the first study that examined the level of knowledge and practice of BLS skills during SARS-CoV-2 pandemic in Jordan.

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Citation

Al-smadi, A.M., Bani Hani, S., Shajrawi, A., Ashour, A., Halabi, M., Mousa, A. and Al Smadi, M.M. (2022), "Knowledge and practice toward basic life support among nurses working with SARS-CoV-2 patients in Jordanian hospitals", Working with Older People, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/WWOP-09-2022-0039

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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