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Title: Compliance of Cypriot nurses with standard precautions to avoid exposure to pathogens
Authors: Efstathiou, Georgios 
Merkouris, Anastasios 
Raftopoulos, Vasilios 
Papastavrou, Evridiki 
Keywords: Nurses;Compliance;Precautionary principle
Category: Health Sciences
Field: Medical and Health Sciences
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Wiley
Source: Nursing & health sciences, 2011, Volume 13, Issue 1, Pages 53-59
Abstract: Standard Precautions have been introduced as a means to protect health professionals from exposure to pathogens. This study examines the extent of Cypriot nurses' compliance with the main aspects of Standard Precautions and explores the possible associations with the nurses' characteristics. Self-completed questionnaires that examined the frequency of the implementation of Standard Precautions were distributed to a convenience sample of 668 nurses. The response rate was 89.37%. The results showed inadequate compliance with Standard Precautions. Full compliance with all the main aspects of Standard Precautions was reported by only 9.1% of the participants. Male nurses and those who had not been exposed previously to pathogens reported better compliance, in comparison to female nurses and those who had been exposed previously. Nurses who had participated previously in an educational program about Standard Precautions reported a higher frequency of implementing them than those who had not participated. The nurses' age and frequency of the implementation of Standard Precautions were found to be significantly and positively correlated. The results can be used to enhance nurses' safety by focusing on areas of non-compliance
ISSN: 1442-2018
DOI: 10.1111/j.1442-2018.2011.00576.x
Rights: © 2011 Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd
Type: Article
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