SACAD: John Heinrichs Scholarly and Creative Activity Days



Influenza is typically caused by viruses that circulate during the winter months. According to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, 2022), in the United States, flu season occurs in the Fall and Winter, and peaks between December and February. The influenza season is often accompanied by highly transmissible upper respiratory viral infections, which prompts infected people to seek medical treatment at doctor's offices. Annual seasonal influenza epidemics result in 290,000–650,000 deaths worldwide, while influenza pandemics have resulted in many more, the A(H1N1) pandemic of 1918–1919 caused 20–50 million deaths (Tyrrell, 2021). Healthcare organizations need to adopt strict measures to prevent the spread of infections in care facilities. Adherence to standard precautions with all direct patient care in clinical settings will protect patients and healthcare providers from the transmission of viral infections during the flu season.

Objectives: To investigate if staff training on standard precautions would improve adherence with all direct patient care in a clinical setting during the flu season.

Methods: This study utilized volunteer survey responses, which consists of pre-training and a post-training survey aimed at assessing participants knowledge and adherence to standard precautions in a clinical setting. Participants are staff members in different roles at Neighborhood Health Center, Tanasbourne Clinic in Oregon State.

Result: Study result was not statistically significant; there was no improvement in staff adherence to standard precautions after they received training.

Keywords: Standard precautions, adherence, flu season, respiratory season.

Faculty Advisor

Dr. Christine Hober



Submission Type

online only poster




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