Practice on pulmonary hygiene and associated factors among health professionals working in two government hospitals at Amhara, Ethiopia
Prema Kumara, Wondwossen Yimam, Archana B, Yemiamrew Getachew, Samuel A
Introduction: Pulmonary hygiene is formerly referred to as pulmonary toilet which is a set of methods used to clear mucus and secretions from the airways and it is depends on consistent clearance of airway secretions.
Objective: To determine the level of practice on pulmonary hygiene and associated factors among Health Professionals.
Methodology: Institution based cross sectional study design was employed among one hundred twelve health professionals using systematic random sampling technique. The collected data were analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics. Practice was computed using 10 questions related to pulmonary hygiene. The mean practice score of the total sample was 8.56 (+ 1.6 SD). Subjects who scored above the mean value were categorized as having good level of practice.
Results: A total of 112 participants were included in this study out of total participants, 69 (61.6%) were females and their mean age was 26.10 (±3.47SD) years. Fifty eight (51.8%) of respondents were more than 25 years old. The majority of the respondents were Orthodox 53 (47.3%) followed by Muslims 47 (42%). Fifty- five (49.1%) of the participants were single. In this study the majority of participants 91(81.3%) had work experience less than five years. Majority of the respondents (52%) had no recent training on pulmonary hygiene. Around sixty- three percent of participants were nurses. Off 78 % study participants had good practice about pulmonary hygiene.
Conclusion & Recommendation: The present study concluded that further study can be conducted with large similar groups with advanced evidence based interventional strategy by involving other health professionals as well.