Infection Control Practices in the Clinical Setting

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College / Administrative Unit: 
Student Affairs
Date Started: 
December 2010
To appropriately identify and follow infection prevention recommendations for Droplet Transmitted illnesses in order to prevent the spread of potentially infectious organisms to themselves, co-workers, other patients, and visitors to University Health Services.

The goal is scores of 80% or higher on the “Transmission-Based Precautions Quiz: Droplet Precautions”

A written survey was distributed to Clinical Services staff at the departmental meeting on Nov. 3, 2010. A total of 37 surveys were returned (Clinicians = 13, RNs = 7, LPNs/MAs = 10, and Front Desk/Appointment Schedulers = 7). The survey was aimed at assessing staff understanding of:

1. Illnesses seen at UHS that are transmitted via droplets and may be more prevalent in the college population.
2. PPE needed to protect staff and prevent the spread of these types of infections.
3. Indications for instituting Droplet Precautions versus other types of Transmission-Based Precautions.
4. Characteristics of droplet transmitted infections.

Baseline results indicated that although most staff understand the purpose of infection control and prevention practices, there is need for improvement in the areas of:

1. Identification of PPE that should be used in suspected/confirmed droplet transmitted infectious diseases versus
airborne transmission.
2. Identification of potential illnesses more prevalent in the college population. Transmission-Based Precaution training
for staff will be developed, concentrating on the areas identified above. In addition, quick references will also be
developed that can be kept in all exam rooms and added to the appropriate ICP procedure. ICP Committee
members will be enlisted to assist with the training, monitoring, and reassessment processes and will act as
resources for their work areas.

There has been significant improvement in comprehension of transmission-based precaution measures since the first assessment was completed. With the first survey quiz, there were 5 questions that had significantly low scores. 4 of 5 of these “problem areas” had significant test score improvement with the resurvey.

Nancy Lambert
August 13, 2012

Contact Person: 
Nancy Lambert
  • Shelley Haffner, Leader
  • Skip Bassett, Member
  • Michele Brown, Member
  • Karen Horst, Member
  • Janet Nelson, Member
  • Sheila Simcox, Member