Clean nurses/dirty nurses

  1. On my unit we are a pediatric med/surg and oncology unit. The assignments frequently have us taking care of a patients with active infections such as C.Diff or Influenza and an oncology patient with an ANC of 0. I feel that we should try to keep the patients separate as possible, but am told as long as I am using my PPE, they are safe.

    Question: Does anybody have any studies that would help me support my case or does the evidence really show that PPE is enough to keep cross contamination occurring?
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  3. by   not.done.yet
    The evidence really does point, at this point in time, to PPE being used appropriately as being sufficient to prevent cross contamination.
  4. by   Buckeye.nurse
    I agree with not.done.yet's post. Also, don't forget to "scrub in, scrub out", and be scrupulous about cleaning any equipment such as vital signs carts, accu-check machines, stethoscopes, etc.!
  5. by   BFly85
    "The evidence really does point, at this point in time, to PPE being used appropriately as being sufficient to prevent cross contamination."

    Thank you as it does help me feel a little better. Do you happen to know of any of the studies?
  6. by   hppygr8ful
    Quote from BFly85
    "The evidence really does point, at this point in time, to PPE being used appropriately as being sufficient to prevent cross contamination."

    Thank you as it does help me feel a little better. Do you happen to know of any of the studies?
    A quick search of Google scholar revealed several articles. I really wonder about how many RN's don't know how to search the internet for Evidence based peer reviewed studies.

    Hppy

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