The application of epic3 guidelines: the complexity of practice
Language: 
English
Short Title: 
The application of epic3 guidelines
Abstract: 

Healthcare-associated infection (HCAI) is a major patient safety concern and is associated with morbidity, mortality and increased healthcare costs. Prevention and control requires a multi-modal approach, but the individual's accountability and rigorous application of standard infection prevention and control behaviours is at its core. The third instalment of the epic3 guidance ( Loveday et al, 2014a ) provided the evidence and advanced the importance of hand-hygiene behaviour, the use of non-sterile gloves and environmental cleanliness. This discussion considers some of the recommendations made in these areas of practice and some of the underlying complexities. Producing guidelines based on the best available evidence and transforming them into policies can be a useful adjunct to communicating the necessary standards. However, policies often erase the complexity of implementation. To strive for the best possible standard is an understandable and laudable objective, but organisations need to be mindful of the difficulties and obstacles that stand in their way, particularly in an era where the philosophy of 'zero tolerance' is gaining popularity.

Author(s): 
Cole, Mark
Item Type: 
Journal Article
Publication Title: 
British Journal of Nursing (Mark Allen Publishing)
Journal Abbreviation: 
Br J Nurs
Publication Date: 
10/24/2015
Publication Year: 
2015
Pages: 
858, 860-862
Volume: 
24
Issue: 
17
ISSN: 
0966-0461
DOI: 
10.12968/bjon.2015.24.17.858
Library Catalog: 
PubMed
Extra: 
PMID: 26419710

Turabian/Chicago Citation

Mark Cole. 10/24/2015. "The application of epic3 guidelines: the complexity of practice." British Journal of Nursing (Mark Allen Publishing) 24: 17: 858, 860-862. 10.12968/bjon.2015.24.17.858.

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