Effective Factors on Maintaining Neonatal Resuscitation Skills among the Nurses and Midwives in Kerman Province Hospitals


Pedram Niknafs 1 , * , Nikoo Niknafs 1 , Bahareh Bahman Bijari 1

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How to Cite: Niknafs P, Niknafs N, Bahman Bijari B. Effective Factors on Maintaining Neonatal Resuscitation Skills among the Nurses and Midwives in Kerman Province Hospitals, Strides Dev Med Educ. 2009 ; 6(1):e61899.


Strides in Development of Medical Education: 6 (1); e61899
Published Online: July 27, 2009
Article Type: Research Article
Received: September 19, 2017
Accepted: March 30, 2009




Background & Objective: Many cases of neonatal deaths which are caused by asphyxia could be
prevented by appropriate resuscitation. Successful resuscitation depends on several factors including
the skill of nurses and midwives involved in taking care of sick neonates.
Methods: In this study, 88 nurses and midwives in Kerman Province Hospitals participated and all
completed an 11-hour neonatal resuscitation course. Among the participants, 25 were selected for
the based line survey. After five months, all of them sat for a theoretical and practical test including
nine stations.
Results: Five months after the workshop, the mean theoretical and practical scores of the
participants in different hospitals showed a significant difference (P=0.0001). Scores of the practical
test varied in different stations. The highest score belonged to “neonate’s tactile stimulation” while
the lowest was given to “resuscitating a non vigorous meconium stained neonate”. There was a weak
inverse yet significant relationship between age and the time past from graduation with the practical
score (P=0.035, r=-0.23 and P=0.017 and r=-0.25 respectively). Practicing on mannequin and
studying the provided notes on resuscitation led to getting a significantly higher score (P=0.0001
and P=0.046 respectively).
Conclusion: This study shows that teaching resuscitation alone may not guarantee skill in people.
Maintaining resuscitation skill is influenced by factors such as age, job status, practicing on
mannequin, and participation in neonatal resuscitation.


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