Universal isolation precautions for patients at an academic hospital
Vannuchi,Marli Terezinha Oliveira
Haddad,Maria do Carmo Lourenço
- Publisher: Escola Paulista de Enfermagem, Universidade Federal de São Paulo
Communicable disease control | Universal precautions | Patient isolation
OBJECTIVE: To apply universal isolation precautions for patients at an academic hospital by a nursing team. METHODS: This descriptive and prospective study used data from advice service of quality control and nursing care that were gathered in observational reports of universal isolation precautions for patients admitted in two surgical inpatient units during 2008 and 2010. RESULTS: The mean general classification for both units was between desirable and adequate in the observational analysis of universal precaution. A borderline effect was observed only in November 2008 at the Men's Surgical Unit. The units assessed had compromised biosecurity, however, as time advanced data showed an improvement on their performance. CONCLUSION: The effective involvement of nurses in the unit is critical to prevent and control nosocomial infections.