Knowledge and practices regarding prevention of infections associated with central venous catheters

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Knowledge and practices regarding prevention of infections associated with central venous catheters (EN)

Βουλουμάνου, Ευρυδίκη Κ. (EL)
Γουρνή, Μαρίτσα (EL)
Μιχαλόπουλος, Αργύρης (EL)
Κουτζαβεκιάρης, Ηλίας (EL)
Ραφαϊλίδης, Πέτρος (EL)

Φαλάγγας, Ματθαίος (EL)
Τεχνολογικό Εκπαιδευτικό Ίδρυμα Αθήνας. Σχολή Επαγγελμάτων Υγείας και Πρόνοιας. Τμήμα Νοσηλευτικής (EL)

Background Infections associated with central venous catheters (CVCs) are associated with considerable morbidity and mortality. Methods We conducted a survey to evaluate the theoretical knowledge and practices of intensive care unit doctors and nursing staff regarding CVC-related infections. Results A questionnaire was distributed to 345 doctors and nurses. The response rate was 71.6%. Of the responders, 84.9% worked in public hospitals, 40% had been trained in CVC-related infection issues, and 27% were familiar with the relevant Centers of Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. The mean percentage of correct answers (± standard deviation) on the 3 parts of the questionnaire were 42.9% ± 16.2%, 86.9% ± 9.5%, and 85.4% ± 7.2%. In the subset of questions referring to procedures that were doctors' exclusive responsibility, 13.6% of the doctors answered all questions correctly. Age >37 years, awareness of relevant official guidelines, working in a private hospital, and being a doctor were identified as independent variables associated with high scores in knowledge regarding the prevention of CVC-related infections. Female sex and training in infection prevention were associated with higher scores on the part evaluating adherence to specific practices regarding CVC insertion, whereas being a nurse was associated with higher scores on the part evaluating CVC maintenance. Conclusion Our findings suggest that there is a need for increased theoretical knowledge and improvement in practices regarding CVC care. Educational programs directed at doctors and nurses working in intensive care units may aid this effort. (EN)


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έλεγχος των λοιμώξεων (EN)
κατευθυντήριες γραμμές (EN)
adherence (EN)
disease control (EN)
guidelines (EN)
health care-associated infection (EN)
προσκόλληση (EN)
Bacteremia (EN)
βακτηριαιμία (EN)

ΤΕΙ Αθήνας (EL)
Technological Educational Institute of Athens (EN)

American Journal of Infection Control (EN)

Αγγλική γλώσσα


DOI: 10.1016/j.ajic.2010.11.003

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