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Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem

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NEVES, Heliny Carneiro Cunha et al. Safety of nursing staff and determinants of adherence to personal protective equipment. Rev. Latino-Am. Enfermagem [online]. 2011, vol.19, n.2, pp.354-361. ISSN 1518-8345.

A qualitative study conducted in a teaching hospital with 15 nursing professionals. Attempted to analyze the reasons, attitudes and beliefs of nursing staff regarding adherence to personal protective equipment. Data were collected through focus groups, analyzed by the method of interpretation of meanings, considering Rosenstock’s model of health beliefs as a reference framework. Data revealed two themes: Occupational safety and Interpersonal Relationship. We identified several barriers that interfere in matters of safety and personal protective equipment, such as communication, work overload, physical structure, accessibility of protective equipment and organizational and management aspects. Adherence to personal protective equipment is determined by the context experienced in the workplace, as well as by individual values and beliefs, but the decision to use the personal protective equipment is individual.

Keywords : Protective Devices; Universal Precautions; Nursing; Occupational Health.

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