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doi: 10.1097/NHH.0b013e31824adb52

Infection Control in Home Healthcare: An Exploratory Study of Issues for Patients and Providers

Kenneley, Irena PhD, APRN-BC, CIC

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The number of home healthcare clinicians who have acquired an infection as the direct result of patient care is not known. How clinicians practice infection prevention and control in home healthcare is also unknown. To describe infection prevention and control policies and practices in the home healthcare setting, an exploratory study in the form of a 22-question survey was conducted. Findings confirm the presence of occupationally acquired infections among home healthcare clinicians and that infection prevention and control practices vary widely across agencies.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.


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