Skin Penetration Operators' Knowledge and Attitudes Towards Infection Control
Abstract:Objective: To assess the knowledge and attitudes of owners/managers of commercial skin-penetration premises regarding infection control. Methods: A telephone survey was conducted with a randomly selected sample of 874 owners/managers. Results: Participants appeared to lack knowledge of essential infection-control practices. Less than 39% correctly identified recommended disinfection procedures, and between 12% to 67% were not aware of inappropriate sterilization procedures. Almost all participants accepted the need for guidelines. Half acknowledged a need to improve their infection-control compliance, and most accepted having their premises regularly checked by the councils. Conclusion: There is a considerable opportunity to increase infection-control compliance among skin-penetration operators.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1: Behavioural Sciences in Relation to Medicine, School of Medical Practice and Population Health, Faculty of Health, University of Newcastle, Australia. 2: Health Service Planning and Performance, Hunter Area Health Service, Australia. 3: School of Behavioural Science, Faculty of Science, University of Newcastle, Australia.
Publication date: March 1, 2003
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