Relationship between Nurses’ Knowledge of Initial Assessment and Application of Early Warning System At Emergency Department of Type A Hospital In Jakarta
Objective: Early warning system (EWS) is a physiological scoring to observe the patient’s condition not only in hospital wards but also in Emergency Department (ED). At an overcrowded ER that have slow of patient flow, EWS is use as an early detection of patient’s deterioration by observing the vital signs. The purpose of this study was to identify the relationship between nurses’ knowledge of initial assessment and the application of EWS at emergency department.
Methods: This was a quantitative study that used descriptive correlative with cross-sectional design toward 70 emergency nurses.
Results: The result showed there was a relationship between nurses’ knowledge of initial assessment and the application of early warning system at emergency room (p=0 .001)
Conclusion: The higher the level of nurses’ knowledge, their behavior is better. It is recommended to maintain the use of EWS in ED that already good through training regularly (re-certification).
Keywords: Early warning system; emergency department; initial assessment; nurses’ knowledge.
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