Obstetric infection control in a developing country.

W. A. Cronin, M. G. Quansah, E. Larson

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In Ghana, infection has been identified as a major cause of birth-related mortality. Results of a 2-month observation of infection control practices among Ghanaian obstetric nurses and midwives indicated that most personnel did not practice basic rules of asepsis. Problems included frequent breaks in technique, inadequate sterilization and disinfection, and repeated exposure to large amounts of blood and vaginal secretions. Supplies were limited and, even when available, not always used appropriately. The situation in developing countries is different from that in the United States. Therefore, an observational needs assessment is essential to plan relevant and practical measures for change.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)137-144
Number of pages8
JournalJOGNN - Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing
Volume22
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1993

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Asepsis
Nurse Midwives
Ghana
Needs Assessment
Disinfection
Infection Control
Developing Countries
Obstetrics
Observation
Parturition
Mortality
Infection

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Obstetric infection control in a developing country. / Cronin, W. A.; Quansah, M. G.; Larson, E.

In: JOGNN - Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing, Vol. 22, No. 2, 03.1993, p. 137-144.

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Cronin, W. A. ; Quansah, M. G. ; Larson, E. / Obstetric infection control in a developing country. In: JOGNN - Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing. 1993 ; Vol. 22, No. 2. pp. 137-144.
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