Date of Award

Spring 5-5-2023

Document Type

DNP Project

Project Team Faculty Member

Dr. April Schmidt

Project Team Faculty Member

Kevin Stein, DNAP, CRNA


COPD, supplemental oxygen, oxygen weaning protocols, nursing education, hyperoxemia


Hyperoxemia in patients with acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (AECOPD) are at risk for increased hospital stay, mechanical ventilation, and increased risk of death. Literature supports that establishing increased education to nursing staff on the risks of hypoxemia to increase adherence to oxygen weaning protocols has the potential to improve future practice. Oxygen weaning protocols are often not followed for concern of patient care. Nurses may believe to be helping patients when increasing oxygen, when they could actually be potentially harming them. Increased education on hypoxemia in COPD patients for the nursing staff will assist them to feeling more comfortable following oxygen weaning goals to achieve ordered O2 saturation for their patients. This DNP project focused on evidence based data for hyperoxemia in AECOPD patients with education for nurses to enhance their knowledge. The nurses were presented with an educational poster presentation and a post test to evaluate their hyperoxemia knowledge in AECOPD patients. The educational goal for improvement was to have the nurses to score 80% or higher on the post test. This goal was achieved, implying it was a successful strategy for improvement of knowledge. For future projects in this topic, it would be beneficial to have include a pre and post chart audit to evaluate if the education is being implemented into nursing practice.

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