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CWRU nurse researcher surveys infection control practices for home patients August 8, 2012

Posted by sandyclaus in Case Western Reserve University.
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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.

This event illustrates how bacteria from someone sick can infect others, said Irena Kenneley, assistant professor of nursing at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University.

She conducted a survey of home healthcare practices related to infection control. Kenneley reports in the April issue of the peer-reviewed journal, Home Healthcare Nurse, that home healthcare workers report that, like the boy, they have acquired infections and that the practices to prevent these infections varies from one agency to another.

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