Knowledge and Practice of Nurses About the Control and Prevention of Nosocomial Infections in Emergency Departments
BackgroundBasic infection control measures in any nursing setup can reduce the rates of healthcare-associated infections. Reducing the risk of infection and using the prevention principles are in the realm of nursing..
ObjectivesThe current study aimed to evaluate the level of knowledge and practices on infection control among the nursing staff..Patients and
MethodsIn this cross-sectional study 224 nurses were selected by random sampling from three teaching hospitals. A questionnaire was used to collect data. The questionnaire included three parts: demographic characteristic, level of knowledge, and practices among the nursing staff. Data were analyzed by SPSS software..
ResultsThe result of the research showed that the majority of participants were female (53.6%), married (80.4%), had BS degree (89.3%) and had the working experience between 11 and 20 years (51.8%); 41.1% and 33.03% of the participants respectively had intermediate and high level of knowledge about infection control. Also the result showed that (75.8%) had intermediate level of performance in this field. There was a significant correlation between sex and performance of the participants (P = 0.014)..
ConclusionsAccording to the obtained results, the majority of nurses participating in the study had an intermediate level of knowledge and practice of infection control. There is a need to develop a system of continuous education for all the categories of nursing staff..
Archives of Clinical Infectious Diseases, Volume:9 Issue:4, 2015
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