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Current status of infection prevention and control programs for emergency medical personnel in the Republic of Korea

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  • Oh, Hyang Soon; Uhm, Dong Choon
  • The Korean Society for Preventive Medicine


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Title Current status of infection prevention and control programs for emergency medical personnel in the Republic of Korea
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Oh, Hyang Soon; Uhm, Dong Choon

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[Seoul, Korea]:The Korean Society for Preventive Medicine

Date 2015
Journal Title; Vol./Issue Journal of Preventive Medicine and Public Health:vol. 48(no. 6)
Pages 12
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Social Development < Health
Holding The Korean Society for Preventive Medicine

Abstract

Objectives: Emergency medical personnel (EMPs) are pre-hospital emergency responders who are at risk of exposure to infections and may also serve as a source for the transmission of infections. However, few studies of infection control have specifically addressed EMPs in the Republic of Korea (hereafter Korea). The goal of this study was to assess the current status of infection prevention and control programs (IPCPs) for EMPs in Korea. Methods: A cross-sectional survey was conducted to quantitatively assess the resources and activities of IPCPs. A total of 907 EMPs in five metropolitan cities completed a structured questionnaire from September 2014 to January 2015. The data were analyzed using descriptive statistics, multi-response analysis, and the chi-square test. Results: The mean age of the participants was 34.8±15.1 years. IPCPs were found to have weaknesses with regard to the following resources: (The rest omitted)