The Science Journal of the American Association for Respiratory Care

2011 OPEN FORUM Abstracts

RESPIRATORY THERAPY STUDENT AWARENESS OF NATIONAL PATIENT SAFETY GOALS.

Nancy Johnson, Kathleen Deakins; Peds Respiratory, UHHS RBC Case, Cleveland, OH

Introduction: National Patient Safety Goals (NPSG) play an important part in clinical practice in acute care hospitals. There is significant emphasis and culture on learning and abiding by these standards regulated by Joint Commission. The purpose of this study was to test a student's awareness of NPSG and determine if they are prepared to comply with these multidisciplinary guidelines as they enter full clinical practice as Respiratory Therapists upon graduation Method: A 10-question survey approved by the University Hospitals Case Medical Center Institutional Review Board was given to student volunteers of respiratory therapy affiliate programs (anticipating graduation within six months) to assess how they apply the NPSG in clinical practice for Respiratory Therapists. Signed consent was obtained from school affiliates and each student who chose to participate while at a clinical rotation at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital. There was no discussion regarding the NPSG at any time prior to the survey. Demographic information was collected to determine if students had prior knowledge and if they recognized signs related to the goals posted in any areas. Basic knowledge of the NPSG was defined as answering 8 out of 10 questions correctly or a score of 80%. Results: 53 of 54 subjects participated in the survey. 75% stated that they had a prior basic understanding and 66% indicated that they noticed a sign related to NPSG during their clinical sites. 430 out of 530 questions were answered correctly resulting in a mean score of 81%. Scores are displayed in average percentages achieved by group in the table below. Conclusion: Respiratory therapy students exhibit a basic awareness of the National Patient Safety Goals related to Respiratory Therapy and understand the importance of applying them in future clinical practice. Sponsored Research - None