Ciencia y enfermería
versión On-line ISSN 0717-9553
ALBANO DE AZEVEDO GUIMARAES, Eliete et al. PERCEPTION OF NURSING TECHNICIANS ON THE IMPORTANCE OF USING PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT IN EMERGENCY SERVICE. Cienc. enferm. [online]. 2011, vol.17, n.3, pp. 113-123. ISSN 0717-9553. http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0717-95532011000300010.
Introduction: The pre-hospital emergency situation serves as a gateway to the National Health System (SUS). Professionals from this service, specifically nursing technicians, need greater flexibility for patient survival. To respond to emergencies, sometimes they forget the primary or universal care procedures as the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). This fact, increases the occupational risks among workers. Objective: To know the perception of the nursing technicians who work in the mobile emergency service (SAMU) about the importance of using personal protective equipment. Method: Semi-structured interviews with five nursing technicians were conducted. Qualitative approach of Collective Subject Discourse - DSC, which can analyze and interpret the subjectivity of the workers studied, was used for data analysis. Results: Nursing technicians have showed unawareness of biological work risks when attending urgent care, as well as ignorance of Regulating Rules 9 and 32 and correct use of personal protective equipments and no regular supply of them by the institution. Conclusions: The ignorance of work safety rules and occupational risks and misuse of personal protective equipment can increase the risk of work accident to nursing technicians working at SAMU. Promotional actions need to be taken to a safer working practice.
Palabras clave : Occupational health; occupational risks; protective devices; nursing.