Gastrostomy is an alternative approach to nasogastric tube feeding when the person is unable to swallow for long period. The nutrient solution through a tube that has been surgically inserted into the stomach through abdominal wall. Some of the special diets given to the patient who are receiving enteral or parental nutrition.
Aim: To compare the level of knowledge regarding gastrostomy feeding between staff nurses and nursing students.
Setting and Design: The study was conducted in Narayana Medical College hospital by using a descriptive design.
Materials and Methods: The sample size selected for the study was 30 samples. 15 staff nurses and 15 nursing students working in NMCH, Nellore by using convenience sampling technique. Statistical
Analysis Used: The collected data was organized, tabulated, analyzed and interpreted by using descriptive and inferential statistics based on the objectives of the study.
Results: The results regarding knowledge on gastrostomy feeding shows that, among staff nurses out of 15, 11 (73.3%) are having adequate knowledge 3(20%) are having moderately adequate knowledge and 1(6.7%) is having inadequate knowledge. Among nursing students out of 15, 13(86.6%) are having adequate knowledge 1(6.7%) is having moderately adequate knowledge and 1(6.7) is having inadequate knowledge.
Conclusion: The study concluded that majority of staff nurses and nursing students had adequate knowledge regarding gastrostomy feeding.