Korean J healthc assoc Infect Control Prev 2013; 18(2): 57-88
Published online December 30, 2013 https://doi.org/10.14192/kjnic.2013.18.2.57
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Ihn Sook Jeong1, Su Jin Lee2, Jae Sim Jeong3, Sung Won Yoon4, Sun Young Jeong5, Jin Ha6, Ju Yeon Song1, and Yeon Hee Lee1
College of Nursing, Pusan National University1, Department of Internal Medicine, School of Medicine, Pusan National University2, Yangsan, Department of Clinical Nursing, University of Ulsan3, Seoul, Department of Nursing, Chungwoon University4, Hongseong-gun, Department of Nursing Science, Konyang University5, Daejeon, Division of Population Policy, Ministry of Health & Welfare6, Seoul, Korea
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Background: This study aimed to develop feasible and detailed infection control guidelines (ICG) and audit protocols for health care workers and auditors in postpartum care centers (PCC).
Methods: PCC ICG and audit protocols were developed in several steps: 1) review of previous ICG for PCCs; 2) establishment of frameworks for updating guidelines and audit protocols; 3) review of new ICG, regulations, etc.; 4) drafting of PCC ICG and audit protocols and revision based on feedback from the research committee; 5) Delphi survey to solicit opinions from infection control, infant care, and maternal care professionals as well as PCC health care workers; 6) re-revision after discussion with the research committee; and 7) finalization of PCC ICG and audit protocols.
Results: We developed ICG with 4 categories and 26 sub-categories, and internal and external audit protocols with 163 and 85 items, respectively.
Conclusion: The ICG and audit protocols are valid and feasible; we recommend their utilization as auditing tools, baseline data for the development of national infection control policies, and as educational materials for PCC healthcare workers.
Keywords: Checklist, Guideline, Infection control, Postpartum care
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