Changes to physician and nurse time burdens when caring for patients under contact precautions

Anna K. Barker, James Codella, Tola Ewers, Adam Dundon, Oguzhan Alagoz, Nasia Safdar*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Contact precautions are complex behavioral interventions. To better understand barriers to compliance, we conducted a prospective study that compared the time burden for health care workers caring for contact precautions patients versus other patients. We found that nurses spent significantly more time in the rooms of contact precautions patients. There was no significant change in physician timing. Future studies need to evaluate workflow changes so that barriers to contact precaution implementation can be fully understood and addressed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)542-543
Number of pages2
JournalAmerican Journal of Infection Control
Volume45
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2017

Keywords

  • Contact isolation
  • Health care workers
  • Human factors
  • Nosocomial infections
  • Workflow

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases

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