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Korean J Nosocomial Infect Control. 2013 Dec;18(2):57-88. Korean. Original Article.
Jeong IS , Lee SJ , Jeong JS , Yoon SW , Jeong SY , Ha J , Song JY , Lee YH .
College of Nursing, Pusan National University, Yangsan, Korea.
Department of Internal Medicine, School of Medicine, Pusan National University, Yangsan, Korea.
Department of Clinical Nursing, University of Ulsan, Seoul, Korea.
Department of Nursing, Chungwoon University, Hongseong-gun, Korea.
Department of Nursing Science, Konyang University, Daejeon, Korea.
Division of Population Policy, Ministry of Health & Welfare6, Seoul, Korea.

BACKGROUND: This study aimed to develop feasible and detailed infection control guidelines (ICG) and audit protocols for health care workers and auditors in postpartum care centers (PCC). METHODS: PCC ICG and audit protocols were developed in several steps: 1) review of previous ICG for PCCs; 2) establishment of frameworks for updating guidelines and audit protocols; 3) review of new ICG, regulations, etc.; 4) drafting of PCC ICG and audit protocols and revision based on feedback from the research committee; 5) Delphi survey to solicit opinions from infection control, infant care, and maternal care professionals as well as PCC health care workers; 6) re-revision after discussion with the research committee; and 7) finalization of PCC ICG and audit protocols. RESULTS: We developed ICG with 4 categories and 26 sub-categories, and internal and external audit protocols with 163 and 85 items, respectively. CONCLUSION: The ICG and audit protocols are valid and feasible; we recommend their utilization as auditing tools, baseline data for the development of national infection control policies, and as educational materials for PCC healthcare workers.

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