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Health professionals difficulties in preventing nosocomial infections

Author(s): Márcio Flávio Moura de Araújo, Eveline Pinheiro Beserra, Marília Braga Marques, Rosa Aparecida Nogueira Moreira, Thiago Moura de Araújo, Joselany Áfio Caetano

Journal: Revista de Enfermagem UFPE On Line
ISSN 1981-8963

Volume: 4;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 597;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: cross infection | infection control | infection control practitioners | quality of health care | intensive care units | working environment | burnout professional.

Objective: to know the difficulties encountered by professionals working in the Intensive Care Unit before the challenge of controlling nosocomial infections. Methodology: they were participants of the qualitative research nine professionals from the university hospital in June 2009. A semi-structured script was used as an instrument of data collection about possible problems for the control of nosocomial infections and interviews. The results were organized by categorical technique, and then the data were analyzed in light of reference to Morse and Field. The study was approved by the Ethics in Research of the Institute Dr. José Frota, protocol number 86145/08. Results: the main problems in combating the NI were the inadequate physical space, the long working day, combined with high turnover of patients. The lack of infrastructure service in the implementation of a work within appropriate aseptic conditions was also mentioned. Conclusions: it is important the partnership between the intensive care unit along with Committee of the Hospital Infection Control are co-involved in the control and prevention of nosocomial infections.
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