Assessing physical structure of Neonatal Intensive Care Unit from the perspective of nosocomial infection control
Journal of Critical Care Nursing : August 31, 2006, 5 (4); e7074
October 30, 2012
Article Type: Research Article
August 27, 2016
September 23, 2012
E , Khalesi
N , Aghahoseini
F , Darabi
M , Farahani
M A. Assessing physical structure of Neonatal Intensive Care Unit from the perspective of nosocomial infection control,
Crit Care Nurs J.
Aims: Nowadays nosocomial Infection control is one of the important
management issues in neonatal intensive care unit that in this context,
the NICU’s physical structure can improve infection control processes
or interfere it. The aim of the present study is assessing physical
environment of neonatal intensive care unit from the perspective of
nosocomial infection control indicators.
Methods: This study is a descriptive cross sectional study in 2011with
statistical population of 11 neonatal intensive care units and research
environment of all includes 10 public hospitals of Tehran Medical
Sciences University. The study tools had been taken from the7thandlatest
report of the “Recommended standards for the NICU design” proposed
by consensus committee. The researchers completed check list by
observation method and analyzed data by using descriptive statistic and
spss software of version 14.
Results: The findings of this study suggested that there have been
observed lack of compliance with all the recommended standards in all
the studied sections about air conditioning, features of NICU section
levels, sink, neonates care space, isolated room and the features of
contaminated instruments storage space, which are indicators of
Conclusion: According to the existence conditions of the physical
environment of NICU, it has been suggested to observe recommended
standards of designing NICU in constructions that are building or are
being renovated for providing suitable implementation in order to
activate infection control programs.
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