Infection control in anaesthesia in regional, tertiary and central hospitals in KwaZulu-Natal. Part 3: Decontamination practices
DOI: 10.1080/22201173.2013.10872925
Title: Infection control in anaesthesia in regional, tertiary and central hospitals in KwaZulu-Natal. Part 3: Decontamination practices
Journal Title: Southern African Journal of Anaesthesia and Analgesia
Volume: Volume 19
Issue: Issue 4
Publication Date: January 2013
Start Page: 204
End Page: 211
Published online: 12 Aug 2014
ISSN: 2220-1181
Affiliations:
a Department of Anaesthesiology, King Edward VIII Hospital; Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, University of KwaZulu-Natal
b Department of Anaesthesiology, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, University of KwaZulu-Natal
c Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital
Abstract: Background: Anaesthetic equipment is a potential vector for the transmission of disease. This study was undertaken to observe current Infection control practices among anaesthetic nurses regarding the decontamination of anaesthetic equipment in regional, tertiary and central hospitals in KwaZulu-Natal.Method: All hospitals that were classified as regional, tertiary and central hospitals on the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health website (15 in total) were visited. All available anaesthesia nurses were invited to participate in a structured interview.Results: Thirty-four anaesthesia nurses were interviewed. Results revealed that decontamination of anaesthetic equipment and other Infection control practices were inadequate or inappropriate in several of the hospitals. Practices varied from one healthcare facility to another, as well as within the same facility.Conclusion: Current Infection control practices among anaesthesia nurses regarding the decontamination of anaesthetic equipment in the observed hospitals are poor. In light of the high prevalence of many infectious diseases, in particular human immunodeficiency virus, hepatitis B and tuberculosis in KwaZulu-Natal, it is critical that issues relating to decontamination practices are urgently addressed.
Accepted: 25 Oct 2012

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