Short summary card increases staff knowledge about infection control

Transmission-based precautions are designed to interrupt the transmission of pathogens. Success relies on early recognition of patients with potentially infectious conditions and prompt action. Researchers from Scotland examined the value of a transmission-based precautions reminder card for healthcare workers. Staff at one hospital were surveyed about implementing transmission-based precautions. After this, staff were issued with a guidance card summarising local transmission-based precautions guidelines. They were invited to carry the card with them as a reminder. Staff were resurveyed later to assess impacts. The card was associated with improved staff ability to decide which transmission-based precautions were required in various situations.
Reference: Russell CD, et al. Healthcare workers’ decision-making about transmission-based infection control precautions is improved by a guidance summary card. The Journal of Hospital Infection. 2015. 90(3): 235 – 239

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