Effect of Implementing Guidelines Regarding Administering Inotropic Medications for Critically Ill Patients on Nurses’ Practice
Keywords:Critically ill patients, Inotropic medications, Nurses’ practice and Teaching guidelines.
Background: There is no teaching guidelines depicted for improving the practice of nurses towards
inotropic medication administration, which emphasizes the importance of clinical guidelines in improving
nurses’ practice, Purpose: To assess the effect of implementing guidelines regarding administering inotropic
medications for critically ill patients on nurses’ practice, Methods: This single-hospital, Quasi-experimental
research design was used in the study. The present study was carried out at Critical Care Units. A convenient
sample of all staff nurses (60 nurses), the data were collected using one tool named nurses’ observational
checklist, Results: 93.3% of studied nurses had satisfactory level of practice regarding inotropic medications
post implementing intervention guidelines. The post and follow up-intervention practice mean score
was high 48.80, 48 respectively when compared with pre-intervention practice mean score 31.40 with P
value<.001*, Conclusion: There was significant difference in the nurses’ practice mean scores regarding
inotropic medications in post and follow-up implementing guidelines when compared with pre-intervention
mean practice score with P value<.001. .