Stefi Holtzer (12:00 Micro) found another article of general health care interest. This one focuses on the best practices of the health care worker in helping to block the transmission of nosocomial infections. Here is Stefi’s summary:
Recently in class we have been discussing the prevalence of nosocomial infections and how we as future nurses can help prevent them. In the article, “The health professional’s role in preventing nosocomial infections,” different approaches are looked at in means of healthcare handling of patients today, as well as future prevention strategies are discussed.
Specifically, this article discusses how the most significant risk in nosocomial infection spread is the amount of time a patient spends in the hospital. In addition to this the article claims that the practice of hand washing is, “the single most important measure in infection control” (Saloojee &Steenhoff, 2001). The article goes on to discuss the affects of sanitizers as opposed to soap hand washing methods. The fact that it takes less time to wash one’s hands with sanitizer than soap can contribute to the fact that hand washing will be performed more frequently and effectively. The article also discusses the various forms of fomites, or inanimate objects that transmit infectious pathogens. Some of these fomites include items healthcare professional would not consider as being particularly unsanitary. These include, lab coats, rings and jewelry, and stethoscopes. In conclusion the article states that it is important to continue to educate healthcare professionals on nosocomial infections and their roles in transmission of them.
This article was very interesting to me because as a student going into the healthcare field I am very curious about the ways in which infections are spread. I was surprised to learn about the prevalence of nosocomial infections and how easily they can be spread even when healthcare professionals take such cautious measures to maintain sanitary conditions. I am glad to have learned even more about nosocomial infections by reading this article. While, I was aware that infections can be spread throughout the hospital setting, I never gave too much thought to the fact that a simple thing such as wearing a ring while dealing with patients can spread infections. Overall, my growing knowledge on nosocomial infections has lead me to be even more cautious about my actions in staying sanitary in everyday life and has further sparked my interests in the field of microbial control.