NURSES’ ATTITUDES AS VITAL ELEMENT FOR IMPROVED INFECTION CONTROL COMPLIANCE
A study published in the American Journal of Infection Control, revealed that attitudes among community nurses are important for their compliance with infection control practices.
The study which was performed by researchers at The University of Manchester, Columbia University, the Visiting Nurse Service of New York and Appalachian State University in the US, conducted a survey of 359 community nurses, examined knowledge, attitudes and reported compliance with practice guidelines looking at the relationship between attitudes to infection and actual compliance to infection control standards.
The survey showed that attitudes and organizational culture, rather than knowledge-base was much more likely to instill greater compliance with infection control.
Older nurses were more likely to report self-compliance as were Non-Hispanic black nurses – who were 24 percent more likely than other groups to self-report compliance.
The percentage rate of community nurses in the survey who reported compliance with infection control practices exceeded 90 percent for most of the measured behaviors.
However, 81.9 percent said they wear a disposable face mask whenever there is a risk of a splash or splatter, and 79 percent said they wear a gown if soiling with blood or bodily fluids is likely.
And 78.8 - 69.6 percent said they wear goggles or an eye shield when exposed to bloody discharge or fluid.
Slightly more than two-thirds of respondents said that the influenza vaccine is safe (68.5%), and 60.4 percent of them felt it was easy for them to stay at home when they are sick.
Nearly all of the respondents failed to point out that hand hygiene should be performed after touching the nursing bag, which may transfer infectious pathogens among patients.
The research is funded by the US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
Erudite Nursing Institute™ wants to instill nursing students, good attitude and right practice when it comes with complying infection control standards.
The institute believes that positive attitude towards nursing practice rather than knowledge, could help improve optimal health care in any clinical setting.
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