Title

Nurses' and Midwives' Cleaning Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices: An Australian Study

Author Faculty (Discipline)

Nursing

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2-1-2021

Early Online Version

9-30-2020

JOURNAL

Infection, Disease and Health

VOLUME NUMBER

26

ISSUE NUMBER

1

PAGE NUMBERS

55-62

ISSN

2468-0451

Embargo Period

10-19-2021

ANZSRC / FoR Code

060502 Infectious Agents| 111006 Midwifery| 111716 Preventive Medicine

Avondale Research Centre

Lifestyle and Health Research Centre

Reportable Items (HERDC/ERA)

C1

Abstract

Background

As frontline providers of care, nurses and midwives play a critical role in controlling infections such as COVID-19, influenza, multi-drug resistant organisms and health care associated infections. Improved cleaning can reduce the incidence of infection and is cost effective but relies on healthcare personnel to correctly apply cleaning measures. As nurses and midwives have the most contact with patients and as an important first step in improving compliance, this study sought to explore nurses' and midwives’ knowledge on the role of the environment in infection prevention and control and identify challenges in maintaining clean patient environments.

Methods

Cross-sectional online survey of 96 nurses (RN/EN) and midwives (RW) employed in clinical settings (e.g. hospital, aged care, medical centre, clinic) in Australia.

Results

Nurses and midwives broadly stated that they understood the importance of cleaning. However, cleaning responsibilities varied and there was confusion regarding the application of different disinfectants when cleaning after patients with a suspected or diagnosed infection post-discharge. Most would not be confident being placed in a room where a previous patient had a diagnosed infection such as multi-drug resistant organism.

Conclusion

Greater organisational support and improving applied knowledge about infection control procedures is needed. This includes correct use of disinfectants, which disinfectant to use for various situations, and cleaning effectively following discharge of a patient with known infection. The cleanliness of shared medical equipment may also pose current risk due to lack of cleaning.

Link to publisher version (DOI)

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.idh.2020.09.002

Peer Review

Before publication

Comments

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At the time of writing Philip Russo was affiliated with Avondale University College


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