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 ABSTRACT 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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