Angela Corn

Hutt Valley DHB


What does that sign on my door mean?  Improving the patients experience of isolation.

Concurrent session: Isolation precautions can negatively affect patient care, these patients have only half as much contact with staff and are  twice as likely to experience adverse events such as falls and pressure ulcers.  From our daily rounds of isolation rooms in the hospital the Infection Prevention team knew that many patients didn’t understand why they were is isolation.  If patients don’t understand why there are precautions in place they will not adhere to them.  Over a two month period all inpatients on the Medical ward that required isolation precautions were surveyed on their understanding and personal experience .  37% of patients surveyed were unsatisfied with the overall experience of being in isolation.  The results of this survey has been used to improve patient experience and adherence to precautions.

Angela is a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Infection Prevention and Control at Hutt Valley DHB.  She has worked in Infection Control for the past 6 years and is the regional coordinator for the Greater Wellington section of the Infection Control Nurses College.   Angela has a background in Medical and Surgical Nursing in both the public and private  sector, she is passionate about quality improvement and improving the patients personal experience of healthcare.

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