Nurses’ knowledge about assistance in urinary tract dysfunction after spinal cord injury
Objective: to report the knowledge of nurses about nursing care to people with spinal cord injury and urinary tract dysfunction. Methods: a cross-sectional study with 19 nurses from a tertiary hospital. Data were collected using a semi-structured questionnaire, validated concerning content for this research, containing sociodemographic, professional and knowledge variables. The Chi-square, Fisher and Contingency Coefficient tests were performed. Results: a higher frequency of correct responses was detected for catheterization of delay associated with a higher risk of infection (p<0.001); complications due to changes in micturition pattern (p<0.001); and discouragement to liquid intake at night (p<0.005). There was a lower percentage of correct answers for the orientation of Credé and Valsalva maneuvers (p<0.001). The training institution of participants was associated with knowledge (p=0.032). Conclusion: the participating nurses presented satisfactory knowledge about nursing care to people with spinal cord injury and urinary tract dysfunction.
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