2010 Volume 25 Issue 5 Pages 286-289
A questionnaire survey was conducted on the adherence to standard precautions by nurses in all 83 institutions at Visiting Nursing Stations in X prefecture. Responses were obtained from 36 institutions (43.4%), from a total of 82 people (33.1%). The use of gloves for drawing blood was either “Necessary but not implemented” or “Unnecessary and not implemented”, revealing a difference in the perception of necessity. Twenty three nurses did not wear gloves only when drawing blood. The reason for not wearing gloves was given as “It is hard to carry out care”. Not using gloves for drawing blood and the rate of needlestick injuries (20.7%) suggested that nurses were at risk of exposure to and transmission of infectious material.