The Science Journal of the American Association for Respiratory Care

2012 OPEN FORUM Abstracts


Jeanette Rivera, Mary Yacovone, Salvatore Sanders; Health Professions, Youngstown State University, Youngstown, OH

BACKGROUND: Although oxygen therapy is a fundamental modality routinely performed by respiratory care practitioners, many situations arise in which oxygen administration is provided by other health care professionals. Research suggests that routine education needs to be provided to those health professionals to ensure proper administration of oxygen therapy. The aim of our work was to evaluate the use of a video learning module about oxygen therapy that was developed by a senior respiratory care student for the purpose of educating health professionals. The indications for oxygen administration; signs and symptoms of hypoxia and proper delivery of oxygen by five of the most common oxygen devices were presented in this video presentation. We hypothesized that participants completion of this video learning module about oxygen therapy, would show a significant improvement in their knowledge about oxygen therapy. METHODS: A video learning module was presented to a class of twenty-five medical terminology students. An 18 question pre-test was completed prior to the video presentation and then the same questions were asked after viewing the video learning module. Pretest scores were compared to post test scores. RESULTS: A paired-sample t test was used to compare the differences between the mean pretest and post test scores. The mean pretest was 44.8% (SD=0.14), and the mean on the post test was 62.1% (SD=0.15). The mean gain from pretest to post test was 17% (SD=0.15). The increase in participantsÂ’ scores was statistically significant (t(24) = -5.705, p < .05). CONCLUSIONS: The results of this study suggest that a video learning module can improve the participantsÂ’ knowledge related to oxygen therapy. Further research is needed to determine if this video learning module for oxygen therapy could be translated into other languages for use in other countries. Sponsored Research - None