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Running head: QUALITATIVE RESEARCH 1Qualitative Research CritiqueSara PetersGrand Canyon University: NRS 433VFebruary 24, 2019
QUALITATIVE RESEARCH 2Qualitative Research CritiqueEach year there are hundreds of thousands of patients what develop hospital acquired infection (HAI) that leads to longer hospital stays and even death. Patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) have been found to develop secondary infections such as central line associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI). This is because patients in the ICU setting have a lower immune system. These secondary infections can become difficult to treat and can even cause death. Nurses can prevent these secondary infections by practicing standard precautions and including Chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) soap. Daily CHG bathing has been proven to reduce the chancesof CLABSIs and multidrug resistant organisms (MDROs). There has been numerous research relating to prevention of hospital acquired infections (HAIs) such as CLABSIs. This paper will critique a qualitative research study from an article describing a nursing staff’s perception of daily CHG baths vs soap and water baths. BackgroundThere is a need in nursing practice to reduce HAI’s that burden a patient’s health and economic factors. Thousands of patients die each year from HAI’s and costs the healthcare system billions of dollars annually. CHG bathing in other research has been proven to reduce HAIs such as CLABSIs, but there was no support from the nursing staff. Also, CHG daily bathing has not been studied using implementation research and this type of research is “critically needed to facilitate translation of evidence into practice” (Musuuza, Roberts, Carayon,& Safdar, 2017). For there to be successful acceptance of CHG bathing among nursing, there needs to be understanding of the practice.
QUALITATIVE RESEARCH 3This research article was part of a project to look into the nursing staff’s compliance with daily CHG bathing for ICU patients. The questions the study was designed to answer was: “How do you communicate with the other nursing staff that a chlorhexidine bath for a patient was done?” and “Please tell me what you know about the chlorhexidine bathing policy” (Musuuza, Roberts, Carayon, & Safdar, 2017). The study was performed by observing the nursing staff using CHG soap for bathing. Medical charts were checked for documentation of CHG bathing.