Compliance with Universal Precautions among emergency department personnel: Implications for prevention programs

Lynn E. Kim, Bradley A. Evanoff, Rodney L. Parks, Donna B. Jeffe, Sunita Mutha, Carolyn Haase, Victoria J. Fraser

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Abstract

Background: We developed a 50-item questionnaire to assess emergency department (ED) staff members' knowledge of bloodborne pathogen transmission, compliance with Universal Precautions, and the use of personal protective equipment. Method: A questionnaire was administered to 103 ED staff members including physicians, nurses, and technicians at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St Louis, a Level-I trauma center. Results: ED personnel had inadequate knowledge of bloodborne pathogen infection risk, underreported exposures, and underused personal protection equipment during trauma cases. Conclusion: Further educational interventions for ED personnel are needed to increase their compliance with Universal Precautions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)453-455
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Infection Control
Volume27
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1999

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