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Korean J healthc assoc Infect Control Prev 2019; 24(2): 60-68

Published online December 31, 2019 https://doi.org/10.14192/kjicp.2019.24.2.60

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Development and Evaluation of an Infection Control Education Program for Postpartum Care Workers

Sung Ran Kim1, Su Hyun Kim2, Hee Jung Son3, Nan Hyoung Cho4, Kyeong Sook Cha5, Hee Kyung Chun6, Jong Rim Choi7, Hae Kyung Hong8

Infection Control Office, Korea University Guro Hospital1, Seoul, Infection Control Office, Korea University Ansan Hospital2, Ansan, Infection Control Office, Ewha Womans University Mokdong Hospital3, Infection Control Office, Kangnam Severance Hospital4, Seoul, Department of Nursing Science, Sun Moon University5, Asan, Infection Control Office, Kyung Hee University Medical Center6, Center for Infection Prevention and Control, Samsung Medical Center7, Seoul, Infection Prevention & Control Team, Soon Chun Hyang University Hospital8, Bucheon, Korea

Received: November 18, 2019; Revised: November 30, 2019; Accepted: December 2, 2019

This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0) which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Background: This study was conducted to investigate the educational needs of employees in charge of practical services at postpartum care centers and to test the improvement of infection control-related knowledge after developing and implementing educational programs that reflect their needs.
Methods: On the basis of research of the literature on educational requirements and consultations with researchers and experts, we developed educational programs on infection control. A total of 136 postpartum care workers participated in the program. To assess the effectiveness of the program, the degree-of-knowledge and satisfaction of the program were measured before and after the education. The educational program consisted of four themes over 200 minutes (50 minutes each).
Results: After training, the participants’ overall infection control knowledge increased from 84.36 points to 89.04 points. The participants were satisfied with the program; they were satisfied with their knowledge acquisition (4.59±0.66 points), with the practical application of the content (4.59±0.65 points), and with the education program itself (4.52±0.67 points).
Conclusion: As the positive effects of the educational program have been identified, the program can be extended to all postpartum care workers. Continuous development and implementation of educational programs are necessary to strengthen the capability of postpartum care workers, allowing them to effectively manage infection in the future.

Keywords: Education, Infection control, Newborn, Postpartum period

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