First and Last Name/s of Presenters

McKenna MeraFollow

Mentor/s

Dr. Sue Goncalves, DNP, MS, RN-BC

Participation Type

Poster

Abstract

The Importance of Incentive Spirometer use in Recently Extubated Patients:

Education is a key component to achieving quality patient outcomes for hospitalized patients and avoidance of preventable complications status post extubation. The presentation titled “The importance of Incentive Spirometry use in recently extubated patients” supports registered nurses patient education efforts with the goal of decreasing and/or eliminating pulmonary complications including but not limited to pneumonia, bronchospasm, respiratory failure, diaphragm dysfunction and even death. This project was developed following participation in an undergraduate nursing preceptorship at Stamford Hospital in the Level 2 Intensive Care Unit, ICU. Many patients in the ICU are critically ill requiring mechanical ventilation in order to sustain life while promoting healing and rest. These ventilators, although lifesaving, come with many harmful potential complications. There are many ways to prevent these pulmonary complications post-extubation. These prevention methods include interventions like early ambulation as well as the use of incentive spirometry. This project highlights the importance of the use of incentive spirometry. An incentive spirometer is a disposable device used to help strengthen a patient’s lungs after extubation while increasing their lung volume capacity to prevent possible pulmonary complications. The success in therapy is dependent upon proper education and the promotion of adherence in usage. Incentive spirometry is just one piece of the puzzle, but providing proper education and make a significant difference when using this device. Providing education both pre-operatively and post- operatively with proper supervision will promote proper usage and compliance with the plan of care thus decreasing the chance of preventable pulmonary complications and increased length of stay. Nurses are the primary healthcare providers with patients 24/7 and assume leading roles in patient education. Efforts to enhance and support the education provided to patients in the short time they are hospitalized will help to reduce post-extubation pulmonary complications.

College and Major

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

College and Major available

College of Nursing, Nursing BSN

Course Name and Number, Professor Name

NU395: Transition into Professional Nursing

Location

Digital Commons

Start Day/Time

4-24-2020 2:00 PM

End Day/Time

4-24-2020 4:00 PM

Students' Information

McKenna Mera- I am a Nursing Major in the Thomas More Honors Program and I graduate in May 2020. This project was completed with the help of a fellow classmate, Natalie Zydel who will not be presenting in the festival.

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Apr 24th, 2:00 PM Apr 24th, 4:00 PM

The Use of Incentives Spirometers in Recently Extubated Patients

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The Importance of Incentive Spirometer use in Recently Extubated Patients:

Education is a key component to achieving quality patient outcomes for hospitalized patients and avoidance of preventable complications status post extubation. The presentation titled “The importance of Incentive Spirometry use in recently extubated patients” supports registered nurses patient education efforts with the goal of decreasing and/or eliminating pulmonary complications including but not limited to pneumonia, bronchospasm, respiratory failure, diaphragm dysfunction and even death. This project was developed following participation in an undergraduate nursing preceptorship at Stamford Hospital in the Level 2 Intensive Care Unit, ICU. Many patients in the ICU are critically ill requiring mechanical ventilation in order to sustain life while promoting healing and rest. These ventilators, although lifesaving, come with many harmful potential complications. There are many ways to prevent these pulmonary complications post-extubation. These prevention methods include interventions like early ambulation as well as the use of incentive spirometry. This project highlights the importance of the use of incentive spirometry. An incentive spirometer is a disposable device used to help strengthen a patient’s lungs after extubation while increasing their lung volume capacity to prevent possible pulmonary complications. The success in therapy is dependent upon proper education and the promotion of adherence in usage. Incentive spirometry is just one piece of the puzzle, but providing proper education and make a significant difference when using this device. Providing education both pre-operatively and post- operatively with proper supervision will promote proper usage and compliance with the plan of care thus decreasing the chance of preventable pulmonary complications and increased length of stay. Nurses are the primary healthcare providers with patients 24/7 and assume leading roles in patient education. Efforts to enhance and support the education provided to patients in the short time they are hospitalized will help to reduce post-extubation pulmonary complications.

College and Major

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

 

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