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Reducing nosocomial infection in neonatal intensive care: An intervention study

Citation

Rahim Hj, AR and Barnett, AP, Reducing nosocomial infection in neonatal intensive care: An intervention study, International Journal of Nursing Practice, 15, (6) pp. 580-584. ISSN 1322-7114 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1440-172X.2009.01800.x

Abstract

Nosocomial infection is a common cause of morbidity and mortality for hospitalized neonates. This report describes measures taken to reduce the prevalence of nosocomial infection within a 34-bed neonatal intensive care unit in Malaysia. Interventions included a one-to-one education programme for nursing staff (n = 30); the education of cleaners and health-care assistants allocated to work in the unit; and the introduction of routine (weekly) screening procedure for all infants with feedback given to staff. The education programme for nurses focused on the application of standard precautions to three common clinical procedures: hand washing, tracheobronchial suctioning and nasogastric tube feeding. These were evaluated using competency checklists. The prevalence of nosocomial blood and respiratory tract infections declined over the 7-month study period. This study highlights the importance of education in contributing to the control of nosocomial infection in the neonatal intensive care uni

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:nosocomial infection, intensive care,
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Public Health and Health Services
Research Field:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health)
Objective Field:Behaviour and Health
Author:Barnett, AP (Associate Professor Tony Barnett)
ID Code:72773
Year Published:2009
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2011-08-31
Last Modified:2011-10-11
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