Practising infection control: an evidence-based approach
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Practising infection control: an evidence-based approach

Gerard Crotty Intellectual disability nurse, St Vincents Centre, Limerick, Ireland
Owen Doody Lecturer, University of Limerick, Ireland

Gerard Crotty and Owen Doody describe how guidelines to prevent infection in a residential unit were drawn up with reference to peer-reviewed research

Registered intellectual disability nurses in Ireland are required to use up-to-date evidenced-based research to inform their practice, to ensure quality outcomes and to offer the highest standard of care to those with whom they work. One such standard of care is the promotion of hygiene, and the prevention of infection and cross-infection, in the clinical environment, and the identification, prevention and management of healthcare-associated infections. Infection control guidelines based on evidenced-based research were developed and piloted in a residential unit for clients with severe intellectual disabilities and some physical disabilities. The pilot was well received, and judged to be cost-effective and mutually beneficial. Implementation of the guidelines throughout the organisation will improve the quality of care that nurses offer, and continuing review will be necessary.

Learning Disability Practice. 18, 4,33-37. doi: 10.7748/ldp.18.4.33.e1621


Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 11 December 2014

Accepted: 02 March 2015