Study examines infection prevention practices in home healthcare

OSHA Healthcare Connection, July 17, 2012

“A healthy boy was infected with antibiotic-resistant bacterium that was traced to his mother’s nurse’s bag left in the family’s car after his mother’s home healthcare visit to a patient with the same infection,” a remarkable coincidence, according to a study on how home healthcare workers have acquired infections.

The study conducted by Case Western Reserve University researchers assessed home healthcare agency policies for: isolating infected patients, leaving necessary equipment like stethoscopes in the home, teaching families about preventive actions, and taking the nurse’s bag into the nurse’s own home when infections are known to be present in residences visited earlier in the day.

Researchers found that 5.9% of workers reported receiving treatment for healthcare-associated infections such as MRSA and C. diff.

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