Knowledge and Practices of Nurses Regarding Wound Healing

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Abstract

Purpose:

The purpose of this study was to determine the knowledge and practices of nurses who work at surgical clinics regarding incisional wound healing.

Design:

This research was a descriptive study.

Methods:

The sample consisted of 393 nurses who worked at the surgical clinics of public and private hospitals. The questionnaire used to collect data was prepared by use of expert opinion based on the relevant literature review.

Findings:

The mean score of knowledge regarding wound healing was found to be 62.0 ± 8.4. It was determined that as the educational level of the nurses increased, their knowledge mean score increased (P < .05). Nearly half of the nurses did not perform wound healing practices regularly, whereas more than half of the nurses did not fulfill discharge education practices on wound care regularly.

Conclusions:

Education should be carried out to improve knowledge, attitude, and skills of nurses concerning wound healing and care.

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