Mapping Patient-Nurse Interactions Could Minimize Infections

Research findings call on hospital leaders to take a deeper look at how staff—primarily nurses—interact with patients, to determine a way for patients at highest risk for infection to come into contact with fewer workers.

2 comments on "Mapping Patient-Nurse Interactions Could Minimize Infections"
Daniel Juckette RN, CCRN (12/12/2013 at 10:11 AM)

What about a " turn team" where unit staff alternate in teaming up to go through the unit and turn every patient. Management is enamoured with this idea to reduce skin breakdown. I see it as a way to insure that every staff member touches every patient multiple times during the day. If one staff member becomes contaminated by poor technique or contacts a patient with an undiagnosed infection, it guarantees that infection will be transported to every patient.
Mary Ann Toennisson (11/7/2013 at 2:15 PM)

I think that we also need to consider everyone that moves around in the hospital as causes of infection. How about the transporter that moves a patient from the surgical unit and then picks up a patient from orthopedics. Or the Physical therapist that goes from floor to floor doing gait training. Infections are not just spread in one unit, but throughout the building.


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