Evidence- Based practice full essay
One of the critical principles and source of guideline in the care of the patient in the
health care system today is the use of the evidence-based practice. The practice is based majorly
on research that has been done critically concerning a particular case and practices in the health
care facilities. According to (Ellis, 2019), the primary aim of evidence-based practice is to
provide improved quality care to the patients using the most recent evidence practice. The
evidence-based practice adheres to the standards of safety and high quality while at the same
time focusing on the needs of the patients.
Evidenced-based practice should be applied in almost
every nursing practice in the care of the patients and self.
A successful evidenced-based that I have seen in the health facility that I have worked for
a long time is the infection control precaution. Previously the nurses used to carry out infection
control when need be, and at times they could forget to be partakers in the infection control. In
the long run, most of the health care providers would develop nosocomial infections and the new
patients who were admitted in the health facility would end up having a nosocomial infection
such as hospital-acquired pneumonia. The standard infection control infection evidence-based
practice was researched on and developed to reduce the rate at which the blood-borne disease
and other pathogens are being transmitted from one patient to the other and from a patient to the
health care provider (Banach et al., 2015). It entails hand hygiene, which is accompanied by
putting on the personal protective equipment that helps in reducing direct contact with the blood
and the body fluid that increases the risk of transmitting infections.
According to (Ritchie & McIntyre, 2015) hand washing process entails the application of
soap after wetting the hands and rubbing all the hands' surfaces after applying soap and ensuring
all the skin surfaces are well rubbed. After rubbing the hands, it is then rinsed with clean running
water and is then dried thoroughly using a clean towel. Besides, the towel is then used to turn off
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the water taps and faucets to avoid further contamination of the hand by the water taps. Hand
hygiene is practised every time before and after handling or having direct contact with the patient
even when the health care provider had the gloves on when treating the patient. (Ritchie &
McIntyre, 2015) Argues that after touching body fluids, blood and secretions and any other item
such as gauzes that contain the body fluids, blood and secretion, the hands are washed. Despite
having put on the gloves before handling the blood, secretion or blood, it is a must to wash hands
in the health facility.
Another infection control standard precaution that I have seen being practice for a long
time in the health facility that am working in is the cleaning of the environment. The frequently
touch places, and the entire environment is cleaned and disinfected three times in a day. Through
washing is done by the casual hospital workers, such that the hospital environment is safe for
every individual within the hospital set up. Lastly, respiratory hygiene is very paramount in the
hospital set up, especially among the patient (Banach et al., 2015). Any patient who have
respiratory symptoms be it acute or chronic infection is placed at least one meter away from the
other patients. Besides, every patient is taught to cover their mouth and nose while sneezing and
coughing using a tissue or a handkerchief. They also practice hand hygiene after coughing or
sneezing, therefore, reduce infection transmission.
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Ellis, P. (2019). Evidence-based practice in nursing. Learning Matters.
Banach, D. B., Bearman, G. M., Morgan, D. J., & Munoz-Price, L. S. (2015). Infection control
precautions for visitors to healthcare facilities.
Ritchie, L., & McIntyre, J. (2015). Standardising infection control precautions. Nursing times,