Ehrenzeller, et al. (2023) conducted a qualitative interview-based study to examine the perception of infection prevention and control (IPC) measures implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic among healthcare workers (HCWs) without patient contact in a tertiary academic care center. They compared these findings to those derived from interviews of HCWs with patient contact from the same institution using the same study design.
The following main four themes were identified: (1) As for HCWs with patient contact, transparent communication strongly contributes to employees’ sense of security. (2) Information on personal protective equipment (PPE) usage needs to be stratified according to different educational backgrounds and professions. (3) Consistency of IPC measures was positively perceived yet a desire for constant reminders to counteract the fatigue effect played a more significant role for HCWs without patient contact. (4) As compared to HCWs with patient contact, HCWs without patient contact preferred uniform digital training resources rather than more face-to-face training.
The researchers conclude their study shows that the needs of HCWs with and without patient contact differ and need to be considered in pandemic management.
Reference: Ehrenzeller S, et al. A qualitative study on the perception of infection prevention and control measures among healthcare workers without patient contact during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. Antimicrobial Resistance & Infection Control. Vol. 12, article number 43 (2023).