Advisor(s)

Jamie Hunsicker, DNP
Ohio Northern University
Health & Behavioral Sciences, Nursing
j-hunsicker@onu.edu

Megan Lieb, DNP
Ohio Northern University
Nursing, Health & Behavioral Sciences
m-lieb.2@onu.edu

Document Type

Poster

Start Date

23-4-2021 9:00 AM

Description

Problem: Wearable cardiac life vests serve as an intervention to decrease mortality of patients after having a myocardial infarction. Life vests can restore healthy cardiac rhythms and prevent the need for invasive procedures to receive implantable cardio-defibrillators. Compliance is a factor in detecting shockable rhythms, and compliance is dependent on knowledge.

Aims/Purpose: The purpose of this project is to determine nurses’ knowledge on life vests and implementation of patient education.

Methods: This was a descriptive quantitative research study. A pre-test was provided to cardiac floor nurses to determine nurses’ knowledge and education approaches. Educational handouts about life vests and patient educational strategies were provided. A post-test measures nurse knowledge of life vests and patient education following the educational intervention.

Pertinent Findings: It is expected that nurses will increase knowledge of life vests and appropriate patient education.

Conclusion: Nurses on cardiac floors should be provided education on cardiac devices that patients use. This will increase nurse comfort while educating their patients, improve patient knowledge about their devices, and increase compliance to improve patient health. Forms about cardiac devices should be available for nurses to review and provide to their patients.

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Apr 23rd, 9:00 AM

Wearable Cardioverter Defibrillator Education

Problem: Wearable cardiac life vests serve as an intervention to decrease mortality of patients after having a myocardial infarction. Life vests can restore healthy cardiac rhythms and prevent the need for invasive procedures to receive implantable cardio-defibrillators. Compliance is a factor in detecting shockable rhythms, and compliance is dependent on knowledge.

Aims/Purpose: The purpose of this project is to determine nurses’ knowledge on life vests and implementation of patient education.

Methods: This was a descriptive quantitative research study. A pre-test was provided to cardiac floor nurses to determine nurses’ knowledge and education approaches. Educational handouts about life vests and patient educational strategies were provided. A post-test measures nurse knowledge of life vests and patient education following the educational intervention.

Pertinent Findings: It is expected that nurses will increase knowledge of life vests and appropriate patient education.

Conclusion: Nurses on cardiac floors should be provided education on cardiac devices that patients use. This will increase nurse comfort while educating their patients, improve patient knowledge about their devices, and increase compliance to improve patient health. Forms about cardiac devices should be available for nurses to review and provide to their patients.