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DOES ISOLATION PRECAUTION CHANGE THE LENGTH OF TIME HEALTH CARE PERSONNEL SPEND WITH PATIENTS ON ISOLATION PRECAUTIONS, PARTICULARLY WITH COVID-19?

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DOES ISOLATION PRECAUTION CHANGE THE LENGTH OF TIME HEALTH CARE PERSONNEL SPEND WITH PATIENTS ON ISOLATION PRECAUTIONS, PARTICULARLY WITH COVID-19?
author
Kosgey, Beatrice
abstract
ABSTRACTRationale: The current healthcare environment relies on personal protective equipment (P.P.E.), isolation precautions, or the seclusion of suspect cases to slow the spread of infectious micro-organisms. While the use of P.P.E. is essential for preventing the transmission of micro-organisms, the question that persists is whether isolation precautions within the context of COVID-19 change the length of time health care providers can spend with patients. Does Isolation precautions become an impediment or, at the very least, an obstacle that may interfere with the length of time health care personnel spend with patients? How does the timing and pattern of care for other isolation precautions, including airborne, contact, droplet, and enteric, compare to advanced droplet/COVID-19 precautions? Objectives: The main objective is to assess the personnel time used for COVID-19 patients compared to non-COVID-19 patients on isolation precautions. This research will examine the above questions regarding the potential impediment of care by isolation precautions and protective equipment. This research will also examine the application of technology in healthcare providers' using the Wake Forest Baptist Health Real-Time Location System (RTLS) to observe movement through the isolation rooms during patient care and how such innovation can be optimized to enhance efficiency and quality of care delivery. Design and methods: This research study will examine the possibility of utilizing the Wake Forest Real-Time Location System (RTLS) in monitoring healthcare personnel as they interact and provide care to patients on isolation precautions in the medical system. The preliminary step towards this objective involves a retrospective secondary analysis of data from the Electronic Health Record (E.H.R.) at a tertiary care teaching hospital (Wake Forest Baptist Health) linked to RTLS to describe patient/H.C.P. interactions in an inpatient setting. Significance: The significance of this study is to show whether the use of P.P.E. and the hurdles of isolation precaution impact quality and the timely delivery of care, especially on COVID-19 patients, compared to non-COVID-19 patients.
subject
Antimicrobial Stewardship
COVID-19
Infection Prevention
Isolation Precaution
Nursing
RTLS
contributor
Bischoff, Werner (committee chair)
Viviano, James P. (committee member)
Sanders, John W. (committee member)
date
2022-05-24T08:36:16Z (accessioned)
2022-05-24T08:36:16Z (available)
2022 (issued)
degree
Clinical and Population Translational Sciences (discipline)
identifier
http://hdl.handle.net/10339/100780 (uri)
language
en (iso)
publisher
Wake Forest University
type
Thesis

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