The Dirty Dozen in Infection Control

How sharp are your skills in identifying infection control violations? ADVANCE asked nurses at Beebe Medical Center, Lewes, DE, to create a room that would be an infection control nightmare.

Beebe nurses put their heads together and staged an isolation room with 12 infection control no-no’s.

Click here to test your observation skills.

To view the answers and why these 12 are violations, click here.


ADVANCE thanks Theresa Houston, RN, CCRN, accreditation and infection prevention specialist, and Liz Zehner, RN, and Karen Savidge, RN, at Beebe Medical Center, for compiling this list and creating this scenario. Patient care technician Tammy Stern posed as the patient.

After years of following exacting infection control practices, it was a challenge for them to set that aside to demonstrate incorrect practice.

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