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The Knowledge of Health Professionals About the Application of Cricoid Pressure in a Low-Income Country: A Single-Center Survey Study

Authors Hunie M, Desse T, Teshome D, Kibret S, Gelaw M, Fenta E

Received 8 December 2020

Accepted for publication 15 January 2021

Published 25 January 2021 Volume 2021:14 Pages 273—278

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/IJGM.S296299

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Review by Single anonymous peer review

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Editor who approved publication: Dr Scott Fraser


Metages Hunie,1 Tiruwork Desse,2 Diriba Teshome,1 Simegnew Kibret,1 Moges Gelaw,1 Efrem Fenta1

1Department of Anesthesia, School of Medicine, College of Health Sciences, Debre Tabor University, Debre Tabor, Ethiopia; 2Department of Internal Medicine, School of Medicine, College of Health Sciences, Debre Tabor University, Debre Tabor, Ethiopia

Correspondence: Metages Hunie Email huniemetages@gmail.com

Background: The application of cricoid pressure requires good knowledge and practice of health professionals who are working in operation theatres to prevent pulmonary aspiration. This study aims to assess the application of cricoid pressure knowledge and practice in health professionals who are working in the operation theatres.
Methods: This survey-based study was conducted in health care professionals who are working in the operation theatre of Debre Tabor Comprehensive Specialized Hospital from November 1 to December 1, 2020. A structured checklist was used to collect data regarding the knowledge and practice of the application of cricoid pressure.
Results: A total of 43 health professionals who are working in the operation theaters were involved in this study with a response rate of 81%. The correct anatomic position of cricoid cartilage was not identified in 67% of nurses. We found that 78% of anesthetists did not use the nasogastric tube for decompression, and 83% of them complain of difficult intubation during the application of cricoid pressure.
Conclusion: Health care professionals who are working in operation theatres had poor knowledge and practice in the application of cricoid pressure.

Keywords: knowledge, practice, health professionals, cricoid pressure

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