Sugammadex is one of the most used agents to reverse surgery induced neuromuscular blockade. It also reduces hormonal contraceptive effectiveness. There is limited evidence about developing effective education of the interaction between Sugammadex and birth control pills in post anesthesia care unit (PACU) nurses who are responsible to provide discharge education to patients taking hormonal contraceptives.
The purpose of the project is to examine the effect of a web-based education on PACU nurses’ awareness and knowledge about the interaction between Sugammadex and hormonal contraceptives.
A quasi-experimental study with pretest posttest design was conducted in a southeast healthcare facility. An animated educational video was designed to enhance the knowledge about the interaction between Sugammadex and hormonal contraceptives. An online survey was performed to assess the change of pre and post education knowledge score.
The study included 27 PACU nurses. Age was associated with pretest score (b = 0.04, p = .010). Older participants were likely to have higher pre-intervention score. There was a significant pretest -posttest difference on Question 1 (the mechanism of action of Sugammadex) (χ2 = 7.72, p = .005) and total score (3.93± 1.00 vs. 4.55 ± 0.67, t = 2.81, p = .011).
The web-based education is effective to improve PACU nurses’ knowledge of the drug interaction between Sugammadex and hormonal contraceptives. The finding may help the development of discharge teaching in surgical patients taking hormonal contraceptives.