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Journal:   HAYAT   SPRING 2007 , Volume 13 , Number 1; Page(s) 63 To 72.
 
Paper: 

EVALUATION OF INFECTION CONTROL METHODS USING BY HEMODIALYSIS UNITS' STAFF

 
 
Author(s):  ALI ASGHARPOUR MANSOUREH*, BASAMPOUR SH.S., BAHRANI N.
 
* MEDICAL AND SURGICAL NURSING DEPARTMENT, FACULTY OF NURSING AND MIDWIFERY, TEHRAN UNIVERSITY OF MEDICAL SCIENCES, TEHRAN, IRAN
 
Abstract: 

Background & Aim: Hemodialysis centers are highly susceptible to nasocomial infections due to application of hemodialysis machines, medical equipment, and invasive techniques and devices. This research was carried out in order to evaluate methods of infection control using by staff of hemodialysis centers.
Methods & Materials: In this descriptive study, all hemodialysis units in hospitals of Tehran University of Medical Sciences (n=4) were studied. Data were gathered using a 3-section questionnaire as well as five series of check-lists that were designed to evaluate physical characteristics of the units, methods of disinfection processes of the units, hemodialysis machines, and common equipment, and finally precaution measurements using by the staff. Data were described using SPSS statistical software.
Results: Research findings showed that just one of the study units was appropriate regarding physical characteristics of the units. Method of disinfection of hemodialysis centers was appropriate in 50 per cent of the study units and it was relatively appropriate in the rest. Disinfection of hemodialysis machines was appropriate in all units. Regarding disinfection of the shared equipment, all units were relatively appropriate. In 25 per cent of the units, staff had relatively appropriate precaution measurements and the rest (75 per cent) had inappropriate measurements
Conclusion: Results showed that the methods of infection control using by the staff of hemodialysis centers in hospitals of Tehran University of Medical Sciences were not appropriate.

 
Keyword(s): INFECTION CONTROL, HEMODIALYSIS UNITS, UNIVERSAL PRECAUTIONS
 
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