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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/303867
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Current Concept and Management of Fever for Adult in Nurses
Author(s):
Lu, Shu Hua; Dai, Yu-Tzu
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Lambda Beta
Author Details:
Shu Hua Lu, PhD, shuhwa.lui@gmail.com; Yu-Tzu Dai, PhD;
Abstract:

Poster presented on: Thursday, July 25, 2013, Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Purpose:

1. Explore staff nurse’s knowledge, attitudes, and management behaviors regarding fever. 2. Investigate the relationships among nurse’s knowledge, attitudes, and management of fever.

Methods:

A prospective and survey design was adopted. To recruit the registered nurses from teaching and non-teaching hospitals in north, central, south, and east part of Taiwan. Stratified random sampling and cluster random sampling were used to select representative samples. The self-designed “Questionnaire on Clinical Nurse’s Knowledge, Attitudes, and Management Behaviors for Fever in Adults” was used.

Results:

 The study included data from 1665 nurses. The percentage of the nurses who indicated accurate fever knowledge was 67.46%. In terms of fever definitions, the nurses expressed disagreement regarding the body temperature that determines a diagnosis of fever. Most of the nurses (74.1%) failed to correctly comprehend the appropriate use of physical cooling measures and believed that these cooling measures should be applied prior to antipyretics (84.4%). As for fever management behaviors, when the body temperature reaches 37.5-38°C, approximately 64.2% of the nurses will begin treatment to bring the fever down; 35.6% will consider using antipyretics when the body temperature is >38°C; and 29.5% will considering using ice pillows when the body temperature is >37.5°C. The nurses indicated that improving comfort was the primary purpose for providing antipyretic management. Attitudes towards fever included attitudes toward fever symptoms and management, with the results showing a higher percentage of negative attitudes than positive attitudes. Correlation analysis showed a weak positive correlation between knowledge and attitude (r=.074, p=.001).

Conclusion:

The research findings showed that some nurses still lack knowledge about fever and tend to exhibit negative management behaviors and attitudes, meaning that fever phobia still exists among staff nurses. Most nurses manage fever based on instructions in old textbooks and do not make changes according to the results of evidence-based studies.

Keywords:
Knowledge; Attitude; Fever
Repository Posting Date:
22-Oct-2013
Date of Publication:
22-Oct-2013
Conference Date:
2013
Conference Name:
24th International Nursing Research Congress
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Prague, Czech Republic
Description:
24th International Nursing Research Congress Theme: Bridge the Gap Between Research and Practice Through Collaboration. Held at the Hilton Prague Hotel.
Note:
This is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission.

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dc.language.isoen_USen_GB
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_GB
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleCurrent Concept and Management of Fever for Adult in Nursesen_GB
dc.contributor.authorLu, Shu Huaen_GB
dc.contributor.authorDai, Yu-Tzuen_GB
dc.contributor.departmentLambda Betaen_GB
dc.author.detailsShu Hua Lu, PhD, shuhwa.lui@gmail.com; Yu-Tzu Dai, PhD;en_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/303867-
dc.description.abstract<p>Poster presented on: Thursday, July 25, 2013, Wednesday, July 24, 2013</p><b>Purpose: </b> <p>1. Explore staff nurse’s knowledge, attitudes, and management behaviors regarding fever. 2. Investigate the relationships among nurse’s knowledge, attitudes, and management of fever. <p><b>Methods: </b> <p>A prospective and survey design was adopted. To recruit the registered nurses from teaching and non-teaching hospitals in north, central, south, and east part of Taiwan. Stratified random sampling and cluster random sampling were used to select representative samples. The self-designed “Questionnaire on Clinical Nurse’s Knowledge, Attitudes, and Management Behaviors for Fever in Adults” was used. <p><b>Results: </b> <p> The study included data from 1665 nurses. The percentage of the nurses who indicated accurate fever knowledge was 67.46%. In terms of fever definitions, the nurses expressed disagreement regarding the body temperature that determines a diagnosis of fever. Most of the nurses (74.1%) failed to correctly comprehend the appropriate use of physical cooling measures and believed that these cooling measures should be applied prior to antipyretics (84.4%). As for fever management behaviors, when the body temperature reaches 37.5-38°C, approximately 64.2% of the nurses will begin treatment to bring the fever down; 35.6% will consider using antipyretics when the body temperature is >38°C; and 29.5% will considering using ice pillows when the body temperature is >37.5°C. The nurses indicated that improving comfort was the primary purpose for providing antipyretic management. Attitudes towards fever included attitudes toward fever symptoms and management, with the results showing a higher percentage of negative attitudes than positive attitudes. Correlation analysis showed a weak positive correlation between knowledge and attitude (r=.074, p=.001). <p><b>Conclusion: </b> <p>The research findings showed that some nurses still lack knowledge about fever and tend to exhibit negative management behaviors and attitudes, meaning that fever phobia still exists among staff nurses. Most nurses manage fever based on instructions in old textbooks and do not make changes according to the results of evidence-based studies.en_GB
dc.subjectKnowledgeen_GB
dc.subjectAttitudeen_GB
dc.subjectFeveren_GB
dc.date.available2013-10-22T20:24:44Z-
dc.date.issued2013-10-22-
dc.date.accessioned2013-10-22T20:24:44Z-
dc.conference.date2013en_GB
dc.conference.name24th International Nursing Research Congressen_GB
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen_GB
dc.conference.locationPrague, Czech Republicen_GB
dc.description24th International Nursing Research Congress Theme: Bridge the Gap Between Research and Practice Through Collaboration. Held at the Hilton Prague Hotel.en_GB
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission.en_GB
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