Larry Finn

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BACKGROUND A self-assessment tool was trialled to set a baseline for control of infection in general practice and to assess the nature and adequacy of infection control precautions in primary care settings with particular reference to minor surgery. METHODS A request for volunteers was included in a flier sent out periodically by the Communicable Disease(More)
Inadequate nursing records may contribute to untoward incidents and yet advised precautions for the control of infection can be poorly documented. The infection control nurse must promote a safe environment for the patient and ensure that an effective control policy is carried out. The literature suggests that nurses may lack the necessary knowledge and(More)
Any increase in the use of invasive procedures carries with it an increased risk of cross-infection. The spread of the human immunodeficiency virus, together with increasing awareness of hepatitis B virus, cytomegalovirus and human papillomavirus have focused attention on the nature and adequacy of procedures to prevent cross-infection in general practice.
Failure to ensure that vaccines are kept within a prescribed temperature range at all times can reduce their potency and cause primary vaccine failure. A postal survey of 103 general practices in a health district to assess vaccine handling and storage yielded 75 responses (73%). Poor practice was identified in receipt and storage of vaccines, temperature(More)
Biotilters are recognized by an increasing number of state air quality regulatory agencies as ”best available control technology” (BACT) for treatment of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and odor. This has been the case for two cocomposting facilities permitted by Bedminster Bioconversion Corporation in Cobb County, Georgia, and Marlborough. Massachusetts.(More)
Despite increasing recognition of the importance of preventive services, such services are not provided in primary care practice as often as recommended. One of the most important reasons is the lack of a systematic, organized approach within practices. The American Cancer Society Ad Hoc Advisory Group on Preventive Health Care Reminder Systems reviewed(More)