Study examines infection prevention practices in home healthcare

By: July 10th, 2012 Email This Post Print This Post

“A healthy boy was infected with antibiotic-resistant bacterium that was traced to his mother’s nurse’s bag left in the family’s car after his mother’s home healthcare visit to a patient with the same infection. Although the boy’s infection and the patient’s infection were never DNA tested, the coincidence was remarkable,” according to a study on how home healthcare workers have acquired infections.

The study conducted by Case Western Reserve University researchers and appearing in the April issue of Home Healthcare Nurse, assessed home healthcare agency policies for: isolating infected patients, leaving necessary equipment like stethoscopes in the home, teaching families about preventive actions, and taking the nurse’s bag into the nurse’s own home when infections are known to be present in residences visited earlier in the day.

Researchers found that 5.9% of workers reported receiving treatment for skin, soft tissue, or gastrointestinal bacterial infections which were confirmed by lab tests confirmed by lab tests.

“The organisms responsible for these healthcare-associated infections in the home healthcare clinician population were Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Clostridium difficile (C. diff). Not surprisingly, these are the most common organisms isolated from patients who received a healthcare associated infection in the acute and long-term care settings,” according to the study.

Also, the study found that 60% of the home healthcare agencies healthcare agencies reviewed “did not have written policies about handling infection control when antibiotic-resistant infections were known.”

Click here to read more about the study.



By Judy Moore on July 27th, 2012 at 10:00 am

Would it not have made more sense that her clothing became contaminated while she was giving care and then she went home and gave her child a big hug!


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