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VARGAS, Mara Ambrosina de Oliveira et al. Qualification of nursing staff for best practice in the use of bronchodilators in mechanically-ventilated patients. Texto contexto - enferm. [online]. 2012, vol.21, n.3, pp.505-512. ISSN 0104-0707.

Inhalation therapy with bronchodilators is one of the main therapeutic strategies to treat respiratory diseases as long as it is correctly executed to produce proper absorption and effective medication action. A quantitative and quasi-experimental study was conducted with a pretest and posttest design to assess the knowledge of nursing technicians concerning the administration of inhaled bronchodilators in ventilator-supported patients hospitalized in an Intensive Care Unit and also to qualify them to correctly administer these medications. A training program was administered to 34 nursing technicians based on the pretest results and afterwards, a posttest was applied to assess the technique to administer bronchodilators. Pretest was applied and none of the interviewees properly described the stages required to provide inhaled medication to mechanically ventilated patients. The stages were properly described in the posttest by 44.11% of the participants. The analysis of the results concerning both the pretest and posttests indicate the participants acquired learning based on best practices.

Keywords : Intensive care units; Education nursing; Respiration artificial; Bronchodilatador; Respiratory tract diseases.

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