Korean J healthc assoc Infect Control Prev.  2019 Dec;24(2):60-68. 10.14192/kjicp.2019.24.2.60.

Development and Evaluation of an Infection Control Education Program for Postpartum Care Workers

Affiliations
  • 1Infection Control Office, Korea University Guro Hospital, Seoul, Korea.
  • 2Infection Control Office, Korea University Ansan Hospital, Ansan, Korea.
  • 3Infection Control Office, Ewha Womans University Mokdong Hospital, Seoul, Korea.
  • 4Infection Control Office, Kangnam Severance Hospital, Seoul, Korea.
  • 5Department of Nursing Science, Sun Moon University, Asan, Korea. chamelda@sunmoon.ac.kr
  • 6Infection Control Office, Kyung Hee University Medical Center, Seoul, Korea.
  • 7Center for Infection Prevention and Control, Samsung Medical Center, Seoul, Korea.
  • 8Infection Prevention & Control Team, Soon Chun Hyang University Hospital, Bucheon, Korea.

Abstract

BACKGROUND
This study was conducted to investigate the educational needs of employees in charge of practical services at postpartum care centers and to test the improvement of infection control-related knowledge after developing and implementing educational programs that reflect their needs.
METHODS
On the basis of research of the literature on educational requirements and consultations with researchers and experts, we developed educational programs on infection control. A total of 136 postpartum care workers participated in the program. To assess the effectiveness of the program, the degree-of-knowledge and satisfaction of the program were measured before and after the education. The educational program consisted of four themes over 200 minutes (50 minutes each).
RESULTS
After training, the participants' overall infection control knowledge increased from 84.36 points to 89.04 points. The participants were satisfied with the program; they were satisfied with their knowledge acquisition (4.59±0.66 points), with the practical application of the content (4.59±0.65 points), and with the education program itself (4.52±0.67 points).
CONCLUSION
As the positive effects of the educational program have been identified, the program can be extended to all postpartum care workers. Continuous development and implementation of educational programs are necessary to strengthen the capability of postpartum care workers, allowing them to effectively manage infection in the future.

Keyword

Education; Infection control; Newborn; Postpartum period

MeSH Terms

Education*
Humans
Infant, Newborn
Infection Control*
Postnatal Care*
Postpartum Period*
Referral and Consultation
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