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COVID-19 outbreak management in a mental healthcare setting

An outbreak has been defined as two or more confirmed cases of COVID-19, or clinically suspected cases of COVID-19, among individuals associated with a specific setting with onset dates within 14 days...

Assessing knowledge of nosocomial infection among Omani student nurses: a cross-sectional study

A cross-sectional design was used to assess the level of knowledge regarding nosocomial infection among student nurses in Oman. The data were collected between March and June 2020. This design was...

Reducing the prevalence of antecubital fossa peripheral intravenous cannulation

The inspiration for this study came from the rising SAB rates in the authors' health service and the anecdotal observation that ACF PIVC was more likely to be associated with HA-SAB, similar to that...

An opt-out approach to hepatitis C virus testing in English prisons: the literature underpinning the policy

‘PHE is advocating the development of an “opt out” testing programme in prisons, whereby prisoners are offered the chance to test for infection near reception and at several time points thereafter...

Bridging the gap: introduction of an antimicrobial peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) in response to high PICC central line-associated bloodstream infection incidence*

Central venous catheters represent lifesaving devices for patients with critical vascular access needs. Peripherally inserted central catheters(PICCs)are a common choice for patients requiring longer...

Reducing central line-associated bloodstream infection in contaminated central venous catheters: case studies of a pediatric contamination guideline

Central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) continue to be a significant cause of morbidity, mortality, and increased costs for hospitalized adult and pediatric patients. Approximately 5...

Investigating the incidence and type of sharps injuries within the nursing student population in the UK

The reported incidence of sharps injuries involving nursing students worldwide is wide ranging. A study by Cheung et al (2012) reported an incidence rate of 5.9% (n=52), while Trivedi et al (2013)...

The experience and psychological impact of a sharps injury on a nursing student population in the UK

The aims of this study were to explore the experience and psychological impact of sustaining a sharps injury within a nursing student population in the UK..

Sepsis knowledge, skills and attitudes among ward-based nurses

The aim of this study was to explore the effects of sepsis training on knowledge, skills and attitudes among ward-based nurses in one hospital in relation to sepsis screening and the delivery of the...

The role of single-use ECG leads in reducing healthcare-associated infections

In the clinical setting, monitoring a patient's ECG rhythm requires a minimum of three electrodes (Figure 1), which are connected to colour-coded leads to aid identification, and these are usually...

Treating post-renal transplant surgical site infection with combination therapy: a case study

A 61-year-old Azerbaijani woman was admitted to Imam Khomeini hospital in Urmia, in north west Iran. She had a kidney transplant on 5 October 2018. The patient had a history of end-stage renal disease...

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