Staff perceptions of an infection control programme in long-term aged care

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Title Staff perceptions of an infection control programme in long-term aged care
Author Brumpton, Robyn; Creedy, Debra; Moyle, Wendy
Journal Name Australian Infection Control
Editor Merrilyn Curtis
Year Published 2004
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Australian Infection Control Association
Abstract Staff awareness and compliance with infection control (IC) policies and procedures is vital to achieve practice standards and minimise the risk of infection. This paper examines aspects of an existing IC programme in a long-term aged care setting from the perspective of health care staff. An anonymous survey of staff produced a response rate of 30% (n = 199). The majority of respondents (98%) were aware of an IC manual in their workplace, but nearly a quarter (23.1%) reported never using the manual. There was a moderately high level of compliance with the application of IC principles in 10 work care events (mean score 39.7 out of 50, SD = 2.3, range 30-45) but a higher level was expected. There was no statistical difference between occupational groups in terms of compliance. Over 50% of the sample reported that only minor change was required to improve their IC work practices. Nearly 60% reported that nothing prevented them from improving their work practices, but 37% felt they were hindered in making changes. In terms of surveillance, respondents "always" collected data on urinary {77.7%), respiratory (65.3%) and gastrointestinal (60.8%) tract infections, skin (67.8%) and wound (71.9%) infections. Organisations need to provide ongoing staff education to enhance knowledge and compliance with procedures, and minimise barriers to effective IC practices.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI
Volume 9
Issue Number 4
Page from 126
Page to 136
ISSN 1329-9360
Date Accessioned 2005-01-27
Language en_US
Research Centre Menzies Health Institute Qld; Centre for Health Practice Innovation
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject PRE2009-Health and Community Services
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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