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The employee health service and infection control in usa hospitals 1976 1977 2. managing employee illness

The employee health service and infection control in usa hospitals 1976 1977 2. managing employee illness

Journal of the American Medical Association 246(9): 962-966

To assess the methods being used in USA hospitals to prevent the spread of contagious illnesses from hospital employees to patients, information obtained in the SENIC Project (Study on the Efficacy of Nosocomial Infection Control) from interviews with hospital officials and staff nurses was analyzed. In general, staff nurses and their first-line supervisors appeared to be unfamiliar with some published recommendations outlining when an illness or exposure should exclude them temporarily from patient contact. The infection control nurse had authority to exclude employees in < 1/2 of the hospitals. Although employees would be financially penalized in < 10% of hospitals for missing work on account of a contagious illness, staff nurses in larger hospitals were more reluctant to consult the employee health service if they believed they would lose pay.

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