Implications of a US study on infection prevention and control in home care (community) settings for the UK

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Abstract

Healthcare associated infections are a significant reason for re-admission to hospital post discharge to the community. In this paper we describe some of the key findings from a programme of work conducted in a home care agency (community care organisation) in the USA. We conducted a survey to explore home care nurses’ knowledge, attitudes and beliefs around infection control (n=415), observed 400 nurse-patient visits and interviewed 50 nurses about their infection control practices. Nurses reported high compliance with infection control practices. However, the overall average adherence rate to observed hand hygiene practices was 45.6%. Interview data provided valuable insights into specific challenges faced by nurses in a home care setting. Our study provides insights that can be that can be used to enhance infection control practice in community care in the UK.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBritish Journal of Community Nursing
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 22 Oct 2020

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