Laboratory professionals' compliance with universal precautions

Patricia M. McGovern, Laura K. Kochevar, Donald Vesley, Robyn Gershon

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This study characterizes compliance with universal precautions specific to the use of personal protective equipment among hospital-based laboratory professionals. Secondary data from a cross-sectional survey of hospital- based health care workers expected to be at high risk for exposure to bloodborne pathogens were used to create a sample of 286 laboratory professionals. A theoretical model that addressed compliance with preventive behaviors provided the framework for the study's design and analysis. One 39% of the laboratorians in the study strictly complied with universal precautions of personal protective equipment. Factors correlated most strongly with compliance included employees' perceptions of the hospital's commitment to safety management and of their risk for occupational exposure to the human immunodeficiency virus.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)725-730
Number of pages6
JournalLaboratory Medicine
Volume28
Issue number11
StatePublished - Jan 1 1997

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Universal Precautions
Blood-Borne Pathogens
Safety Management
Hospital Laboratories
Occupational Exposure
Compliance
Theoretical Models
Cross-Sectional Studies
HIV
Pathogens
Delivery of Health Care
Viruses
Health care
Personnel
Personal Protective Equipment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Biochemistry, medical

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McGovern, P. M., Kochevar, L. K., Vesley, D., & Gershon, R. (1997). Laboratory professionals' compliance with universal precautions. Laboratory Medicine, 28(11), 725-730.

Laboratory professionals' compliance with universal precautions. / McGovern, Patricia M.; Kochevar, Laura K.; Vesley, Donald; Gershon, Robyn.

In: Laboratory Medicine, Vol. 28, No. 11, 01.01.1997, p. 725-730.

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McGovern, PM, Kochevar, LK, Vesley, D & Gershon, R 1997, 'Laboratory professionals' compliance with universal precautions', Laboratory Medicine, vol. 28, no. 11, pp. 725-730.
McGovern PM, Kochevar LK, Vesley D, Gershon R. Laboratory professionals' compliance with universal precautions. Laboratory Medicine. 1997 Jan 1;28(11):725-730.
McGovern, Patricia M. ; Kochevar, Laura K. ; Vesley, Donald ; Gershon, Robyn. / Laboratory professionals' compliance with universal precautions. In: Laboratory Medicine. 1997 ; Vol. 28, No. 11. pp. 725-730.
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