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Korean J Occup Health Nurs 2016; 25(1): 1-8

Published online February 29, 2016 https://doi.org/10.5807/kjohn.2016.25.1.1

Copyright © The Korean Journal of Occupational Health Nursing.

Infection Control of Hospital Nurses: Cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome

June, Kyung Ja1 · Choi, Eunsuk2

1Department of Nursing, Soonchunhyang University, Chonan
2College of Nursing · Research Institute of Nursing Science, Kyungpook National University, Daegu, Korea

Correspondence to:Choi, Eunsuk
College of Nursing, Kyungpook National University, 101 Dongin-dong, Jung-gu, Daegu 700-422, Korea.
Tel: +82-53-420-4936, Fax: +82-53-421-2758, E-mail: eschoi2007@knu.ac.kr

Received: January 8, 2016; Revised: February 2, 2016; Accepted: February 19, 2016

Abstract

Purpose: The 2015 Korean Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) outbreaks resulted in 186 cases, with 8% (15 persons) of these being nurses. This study aimed to examine MERS-CoV infection status of clinical nurses and to evaluate perception for infection control. Methods: We investigated the MERS-CoV infection status of nurses using MERS-CoV press release data. We examined and analysed perception for Infection control of 121 nurses of the three MERS intensive therapeutic hospitals in July 2015. Results: One to six nurses per hospital in total 8 health care facilities were infected with MERS-CoV. They mainly had short clinical careers and were unaware of infection possibility. The personal and organizational infection control levels that nurses perceive were low and the relationship between two levels was statistically significant. Conclusion: For promoting health protection and infectious disease management competency of nurses, it is necessary to prepare institutional system for controlling infectious disease.

Keywords: Middle East respiratory syndrome, Hospital, Nurse, Infection control

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Korean J Occup Health Nurs 2016; 25(1): 1-8

Published online February 29, 2016 https://doi.org/10.5807/kjohn.2016.25.1.1

Copyright © The Korean Journal of Occupational Health Nursing.

Infection Control of Hospital Nurses: Cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome

June, Kyung Ja1 · Choi, Eunsuk2

1Department of Nursing, Soonchunhyang University, Chonan
2College of Nursing · Research Institute of Nursing Science, Kyungpook National University, Daegu, Korea

Correspondence to:Choi, Eunsuk
College of Nursing, Kyungpook National University, 101 Dongin-dong, Jung-gu, Daegu 700-422, Korea.
Tel: +82-53-420-4936, Fax: +82-53-421-2758, E-mail: eschoi2007@knu.ac.kr

Received: January 8, 2016; Revised: February 2, 2016; Accepted: February 19, 2016

Abstract

Purpose: The 2015 Korean Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) outbreaks resulted in 186 cases, with 8% (15 persons) of these being nurses. This study aimed to examine MERS-CoV infection status of clinical nurses and to evaluate perception for infection control. Methods: We investigated the MERS-CoV infection status of nurses using MERS-CoV press release data. We examined and analysed perception for Infection control of 121 nurses of the three MERS intensive therapeutic hospitals in July 2015. Results: One to six nurses per hospital in total 8 health care facilities were infected with MERS-CoV. They mainly had short clinical careers and were unaware of infection possibility. The personal and organizational infection control levels that nurses perceive were low and the relationship between two levels was statistically significant. Conclusion: For promoting health protection and infectious disease management competency of nurses, it is necessary to prepare institutional system for controlling infectious disease.

Keywords: Middle East respiratory syndrome, Hospital, Nurse, Infection control