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

Kenneley, Irena PhD, APRN-BC, CIC

doi: 10.1097/NHH.0b013e31824adb52

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.

Irena Kenneley, PhD, APRN-BC, CIC, is an Advanced Practice Clinical Nurse Specialist in Public Health Nursing and an Assistant Professor and Research Scientist at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio.

This research project and manuscript would not have been possible without the support of many people. The author wishes to express her gratitude to her colleague and friend, Assistant Professor Jennifer Riggs from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing, who was abundantly helpful and offered invaluable editorial guidance and support.

The author declares no conflicts of interest.

Address for correspondence: Irena Kenneley, PhD, APRN-BC, CIC, Case Western Reserve University, 10900 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44106–4904 (

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.