Amel Ibrahim Faragalla*, Entesar Jaber Almalki and Hanan Ahmed Asiri
Assistant Professor in Periodontics Department, College of Dentistry, Abha, King Khalid University, Saudi Arabia
*Corresponding Author: Amel Ibrahim Faragalla, Assistant Professor in Periodontics Department, College of Dentistry, Abha, King Khalid University, Saudi Arabia.
Received: February 28, 2018; Published: April 09, 2018
Citation: Amel Ibrahim Faragalla., et al. “Knowledge, Attitude and Practice of Nurses to Oral Health Care for Hospitalized Patients in Abha City-Saudi Arabia”. Acta Scientific Dental Sciences 2.5 (2018).
Objective: To assess the knowledge, awareness and practices of nurses to oral care needed for hospitalized patients in Abha city (Saudi Arabia).
Material and Methods: A Cross-sectional survey was conducted among 175 nurses, both sexes working at Abha hospitals with at least six months of experience. Data were collected through structured questionnaire proforma in both Arabic and English languages. Questionnaire was validated and pretested among 15 nurses and theses subjects were not included in the final analysis. p- value was considered as significant when less than 0.05 (confidence interval of 95%). Descriptive statistics was carried out to calculate responses for each question.
Results: Majority of nurses were females 162 (92.6%). Eighty percent of nurses had an idea about prevention and management of periodontal diseases. However, 97 (55%) did not know that gingivitis occurs when Oral hygiene was neglected for two weeks or more. In addition, 89% were applying and providing oral care to the hospitalized patients.
Conclusion: This study showed that nurses knowledge about oral health care was average and practicing of oral care measures to hospitalized patients was applied by 156 (89%). This study highlights the need for setting protocol for supervision and adoption of advanced training for nurses.
Keywords: Hospitalized Patient; Knowledge; Nurses; Oral Health; Practices
Copyright: © 2018 Amel Ibrahim Faragalla., et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.