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Title: Building a safety culture for infection prevention and control adherence at Howard Springs: A workplace survey.
Authors: Curtis SJ
Trewin A
McCormack LM
Were K
McDermott K
Walsh N
Citation: Copyright © 2022 The Author(s). Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Infect Dis Health. 2022 Sep 17:S2468-0451(22)00048-7. doi: 10.1016/j.idh.2022.07.004.
Abstract: BACKGROUND: Building a safety culture is essential to facilitate infection prevention and control (IPC) adherence in workplaces. We aimed to explore perceptions, barriers and facilitators to IPC procedures by the Australian Medical Assistance Team (AUSMAT) at Howard Springs International Quarantine Facility (HSIQF). METHODS: We performed a descriptive analysis of a cross-sectional survey administered to the AUSMAT employed at HSQIF from October 2020 to April 2021. We described motivation, training and compliance to IPC adherence and Likert scales described the level of agreement to the success of IPC procedures across the domains of communication, risk, trust, safety and environment, from the individual, team and organisational perspective. RESULTS: There were 101 participants (response rate 59%, 101/170) and 70% (71/101) were clinical. There was strong agreement to the success of IPC procedures, with a median 4 (agree) or 5 (strongly agree) across each domain and perspective of the 67 Likert items. Clinical staff reported slightly higher agreement than non-clinical staff across Likert items. To improve IPC compliance, most reported that daily training should be provided (77/97, 79%) and daily training was very or extremely effective (91/97, 93%). Participants were motivated by protecting self, friends, family and the community rather than workplace pressures. Barriers to IPC compliance were the ambient environment and fatigue. CONCLUSIONS: A safety culture was successfully built at HSQIF to optimise IPC adherence whilst managing multiple hazards including prevention of COVID-19 transmission. Strategies implemented by AUSMAT at the quarantine facility may inform the development of safety culture in other settings.
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Journal title: Infection, disease & health
Publication Date: 2022-09-17
Type: Journal Article
DOI: 10.1016/j.idh.2022.07.004
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