Knowledge concerning the nursing staff hospital-acquired infections in the prevention and transmission paths microorganisms living in the hospital environment .

Monika Teresa Pierzak, Ewelina Nowak


Introduction: The level of knowledge in the filed of infections associated with health care is a very important element affecting the health and lives of patients and medical staff working covering the entire interdisciplinary team. In the various stages of the nursing process, which consists of diagnosis, planning, implementation and evaluation, there is the problem of hospital infections.

Objectives of work: The aim of the study is to assess the level of knowledge of nursing staff in the field of hospital infections, prevention and routes of transmission of microorganisms.

Material and Method: The study was conducted in the period from 01.01.2017-01.06.2017 in the Regional Hospital in Kielce. The research was voluntary and those involved agreed to participate in them. The study included 92 (100%) of the nursing staff. These were women 96.65% (n = 88) and men 4.35% (n = 4). The subjects were informed about the anonymity of the research. Method was used diagnostic survey, using the author, anonymous questionnaire consisting of 26 questions, which was developed on the basis of the latest reports from scientific articles on the subject of nosocomial infections.

Results: Our study showed different levels of knowledge of hospital infection among nursing staff. The respondents do not know the importance of washing hands in the prevention of nosocomial infections. Alarming is the fact that only 64.13% (n = 59) of those participating in the survey asked about the most common source of hospital-acquired infections answered that it is "direct contact, usually by hand during the performed treatments and medicines." The nursing staff involved in the study I am aware of the need for training organization to raise knowledge of hospital infections. Respondents asked about the need to provide training for the prevention of infection in the workplace 84.78% (n = 78) responded that there is such a necessity.

Conclusions: The level of knowledge of nursing staff is highly diversified. There is an urgent need to take all the educational, training influence to raise the level of knowledge of nurses in this space. There need to introduce mandatory training and regular in-hospital, which will raise the level of knowledge of nursing staff. There need to change the curriculum in the course of nursing education, to modify the content on hospital infection which would increase the knowledge and awareness of nursing staff.


infection, nursing staff, the level of knowledge

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