The article focuses on effective infection prevention and control from a nursing perspective in mitigating healthcare-associated infections as well as antimicrobial resistance. The article emphasizes that this is a significant public health threat to vulnerable populations. The authors seek to highlight some of the issues and challenges faced by nurses and mean to address them. Evidence suggests that 65-70% of CLABSI can be prevented (Burnett, 2018). The author makes the assumption that the audience is familiar with the practices and guidelines regarding infection prevention, making a brief mention of them but not delving into detail. There is some negative slant in the article towards regulatory approaches and adherence from healthcare staff, but it is also largely supported by data; no omissions were covered, as the author covered many elements associated with nursing ranging from practice issues to systemic and leadership factors.
The message from the article is that infection prevention is possible but requires strict control and adherence in the modern healthcare environment which continues to pose increasing challenges. The authors call for a comprehensive, consistent, and clear approach to infection prevention using the nursing role, with the professionals responsible for following guidelines, teaching patients and colleagues, and update their knowledge and skills to promote adherence. This article will be highly useful as it delves deeply into prevention measures, highlights various precautions and actions, and investigates the role of nurses in infection prevention.
Burnett, E. (2018). Effective infection prevention and control: the nurse’s role. Nursing Standard, 33(4), 68–72.