Master's Theses

Date of Award

Spring 1999

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Advisor

Frederick Britton

Abstract

This study examines infection control practices in the clinical education of university speech-language pathology and audiology programs. Responses to surveys are presented from 114 of 227 accredited programs, for a 50% return. Specific questions regarding current infect ion control policies and procedures are detailed. A majority of programs (82%) indicate that written policies are present within clinic settings: however. formal education on infection control is currently offered to only 48% of the faculty and 86% of the students. Discussions regarding tuberculosis testing, immunization, hand washing procedures and general infection control practices are presented. The issues of educating students in infection control and the supervision of those students arc emphasized. While this study suggests that there are increases in infection control policies and practices within clinical settings in university programs relative to previous findings, there is a continued need for clinical awareness, which would result in practice changes.

Rights

Copyright 1999 Kassandra F. Kleymann

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