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EXPLORATION OF NURSES KNOWLEDGE REGARDING SAFETY POLICIES FOR SURGICAL INFECTIONS’ PREVENTION

Tsianti Eleni, Zougkou Theoni, Rosenberg Theofilos

Friday, January 1, 2016

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2016

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Pages: 45-62

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Background: In hospital infections are consisting one of the biggest problems as they put in danger patients’ safety by increasing morbidity and mortality rates, prolonging hospitalization and multiplying clinical expenses. Use of medical protocols is one of the most effective harm reduction policies. In Greece few research projects evaluating the services provided have been conducted, especially regarding patients’ safety, as the personnel’s reservations obstruct protocols’ implementation. Objective: The aim of present research study was to explore if the hospital personnel is acquainted or not with the protocols used in operation theaters and with the preventive measures for the surgical patients’ safety. Method and material: An anonymous self completion questionnaire was used to collect data. SPSS was used for statistical analysis, p-value 0,05. The sample of the study were 163 nurses. Results: The results of the research showed that 30,23 % reported having never followed a training for in hospital infections. 33,74% reported foley catheter as a nursing care substitute. Shaving was considered as the best practice for the preparation of the surgical area while 61,35% proposed a preoperative body wash. 44,%17 reported ignorance of clinical protocols for surgical patients and 42% reported that infected patients have to be moved into isolated rooms. Conclusions: Further training is needed accustomizing to skills which will reduce inhospital infections incidents and increase patients’ safety.

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