Personal- and environmental hygiene in Norwegian nursing homes

Ingrid Sie


The prevalence of nosocomial infection in Norwegian nursing homes is still high (ca 7%) and MRSA-problems are increasing in nursing homes. Environmental hygiene and hygienic use of uniforms may play an important role concerning transmission of nosocomial infections. Most nursing homes in Oslo have written routines for floor cleaning and for the use of uniforms. However, while the procedures of uniform use and washing was followed by all staff, only 50% of the institutions seemed to implement in practice the written routines for environmental cleaning. The lack of dayly cleaning in nursing homes may be associated with an increased risk of nosocomial infections.

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Journal of Nursing Education and Practice

ISSN 1925-4040 (Print)   ISSN 1925-4059 (Online)

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