- There were 102 violations that were determined to be failing to follow the required interaction protocol. Many of the violations pertained to failing to use PPE, including masks, gowns and gloves. Violations were seen when workers interacted with the families of patients, delivered medical supplies to patient rooms and checked equipment.
- 144 violations were determined to be mistakes in procedure or process. Some of the examples included taking off a gown in an incorrect sequence, touching a gloved hand to an ID badge, or using a gloved hand to collect drugs or supplies from pockets.
- 37 violations were determined to be an inadvertent responsive behavior, such as using a hand in glove to touch a personal device or one’s face.
Study Suggests Unsafe Practices Endanger Healthcare Workers and Employees
Many healthcare workers could be contaminating themselves and the places in which they work by failing to use personal protective equipment (PPE) and to follow protocol to prevent infections, according to a study last month from the University of Utah and University of Michigan. Researchers performed 325 observations of healthcare workers over a year and watched employee behavior inside and outside the rooms of patients. Observations showed there were 283 offenses that could trigger a contamination problem or transmission of an infectious agent: