Research for infection protection

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Hygiene Measures

For preventing nosocomial infections such as bloodstream infection or urinary tract infection it is imperative to consistently implement hygiene measures. One of the key challenges: measures during patient care often do not yet include all individual steps that are demonstrably relevant to patient protection.

This problem was the focal point of a BODE SCIENCE CENTER intervention study. Its innovative approach: rather than looking at hand disinfection and other hygiene measures in isolation, it was all individual steps relevant to the optimal procedure and patient protection during nursing activities that were considered.

Standard operating procedures improve patient protection

Together with the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Germany, the authors established an ideal working process for placing a peripheral venous catheter. Added value for healthcare facilities: needless hygiene measures can be reduced, the safety during the process can be increased, and the compliance can be improved.

Then, the model was transferred to other nursing and medical processes that may involve the risk of nosocomial infection, which partly have severe consequences, for example bloodstream infections, urinary tract and respiratory tract infections. The nursing standards developed by the BODE SCIENCE CENTER (order the checklists here.) can be integrated into hygiene plans and adapted to local circumstances. From the patient safety point of view, however, steps involving particular risk of infection (marked accordingly) cannot be obviated and need to be carried out in the right order.

Please click here to read more about the advantages of standardised working processes.

A study on the risk of infection emanating from peripheral venous catheters you will find here.

Click here to read a case report on catheter-associated bloodstream infection.