An examination of nurses’practices when performing aseptic technique for wound dressings


  • F J Bree-Williams BSc(Hons) DipN SRN RNT,

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    1. Lecturer in Nursing, School of Health Care, John Moores University, Liverpool
    • Ms F J Bree-Williams, 21 Bedford Street Stockton eath Warrington Cheshire WA4 6LY England

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  • H Waterman PhD BSc RGN OND DipN

    1. Lecturer in Nursing, School of Nursing Studies, University of Manchester, Manchester, England
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The purpose of this study was to establish if nurses’actions when carrying out‘aseptic technique’using the‘gloves technique’are simple and based on up-to-date knowledge and do not incur unnecessary wastage A sample of convenience was used involving 21 trained nurses Observation and formal interviews were used to collect quantitative and qualitative data Results showed that not all nurses in the sample applied a ‘simple aseptic technique’The rationale for the practice of aseptic technique was not always research based, though other aspects of wound management were derived from research findings The study highlighted other areas of aseptic technique which require investigations