Postoperative Sore Throat Related to Endotrachael Intubation by xvi11400


									Postoperative Sore Throat Related to
Endotrachael Intubation
Author: S. Samantha Sattari
A Thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for
the degree of Master of Science in Nursing, Gannon University,
Villa Maria School of Nursing, December, 2000


Tracheal intubation is an integral part of the nurse

anesthetist's contribution to patient care, however it does not

come without complications. Postoperative Sore Throat (POST)

described as a sore and/or scratchy throat and/or hoarseness

usually lasting one to three days requiring little or no

treatment, is considered a minor complication of intubation.

However, it is the most common patient complaint following

intubation. Literature has shown that treatment modalities to

prevent and decrease the incidence of POST have resulted in

contradictory results. The present study was conducted to

investigate if the use of 2% lidocaine jelly as an endotrachcal

lubricant decreases the incidence of reported POST. The

research design was a retrospective chart review. A
convenience sample of twenty-two charts representing 22

elective surgery patients who met inclusion criteria were

reviewed. Seven patients received endotracheal intubation

with a lubricated tube; 15 patients did not have lubricated

endotracheal tubes. Patient anonymity was maintained by

coding the data collection sheet. No identifying characteristics

of the patient were recorded. Data was analyzed using

descriptive statistics and chi-square analysis to detect

differences between the two groups. This study concluded that

there was no significant difference between lubricated

endotracheal tubes and non-lubricated endotracheal tubes in

the incidence of reported POST. Limitations were insufficient

sample size and retrospective design.

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