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dc.contributor.authorFelemban, O
dc.contributor.authorSt John, W
dc.contributor.authorShaban, RZ
dc.description.abstractAim: The aim of this case study was to explore the environmental challenges nurses experience with infection control practice, and the strategies they use to overcome those challenges. Method: An exploratory case study was conducted in four home visiting nursing organisations in southeast Queensland, Australia, using data triangulation (document review, individual interviews, and focus groups). Data were analysed using a framework approach to identify themes. Results: Three major infection prevention and control challenges were experienced in the community context. The first challenge is the nature of the work environment, including: poor cleanliness in clients' home environments, pets or vermin, inadequate hand-washing facilities, and a lack of appropriate storage space for clinical materials. The second challenge occurs when nurses lack access to appropriate infection control equipment, including wound-management materials and sharps containers. The third challenge is dealing with clients' poor personal hygiene and health status. Participants addressed these issues by offering assistance, using clean surfaces at clients' homes, applying an alcohol-based hand rub, providing client education, and reducing the cost of purchasing equipment for clients. Conclusion: It is imperative that policy is developed to support nurses' decision making and practices as they address infection control challenges in the community environment. Ensuring staff are well-supported with resources, education, policy, and guidelines to address these challenges is important for the delivery of safe and high quality care in community settings.
dc.publisherMark Allen Group
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdom
dc.relation.ispartofjournalBritish Journal of Community Nursing
dc.subject.fieldofresearchNursing not elsewhere classified
dc.titleInfection prevention and control in home nursing: case study of four organisations in Australia
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articles
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gro.griffith.authorSt John, Winsome
gro.griffith.authorShaban, Ramon Z.

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