Date of Award

8-2015

Document Type

Capstone-Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)

Program Name

Public Health

Capstone Instructor

Dr. Carol Hoban

Abstract

The 2014 Ebola outbreaks demonstrated the need for better procedures in controlling the spread of infection among healthcare workers. Not only did other countries experience the inadequacies with infection control procedures, but even in the United States, procedures have been found to be insufficient for safely treating patients with highly infectious agents such as Ebola. As a result, biosafety professionals began reaching out to provide assistance to the healthcare community. The purpose of this study is to analyze infection control measures and biosafety practices to identify similarities and differences to make recommendations for future improvements for protecting healthcare workers. A grounded theory approach was employed as the research method, and data was collected through a survey from participants who practice infection control and biosafety. Data was analyzed through comparative analysis and inductive reasoning. Participants and relevant literature indicated areas in need of improvement for protecting healthcare workings from exposure and how the biosafety community can assist in mitigating the risks when working with patients who have highly infectious diseases. The study found that use of personal protective equipment and training, engineering improvements, and following protocols were the top three areas in need of improvement.

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