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The concept of vulnerability applied to Healthcare-associated Infections

  • Padoveze, Maria Clara
  • Juskevicius, Luize Fábrega
  • Santos, Talita Raquel dos
  • Nichiata, Lúcia Izumi
  • Ciosak, Suely Itsuko
  • Bertolozzi, Maria Rita
Publication Date
Feb 01, 2019
Scientific Electronic Library Online - Brazil
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ABSTRACT Objective: To discuss the potentialities of using the concept of vulnerability to support measures for preventing and controlling healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). Methods: This theoretical study was conducted in steps: 1) presentation of markers that frame the concept of vulnerability; 2) presentation of the characteristics of the health events to which the concept of vulnerability is intended to be applied; 3) identification of research gaps that could be potentially filled by using the concept of vulnerability; 4) identification of the potentialities of using the concept of vulnerability to deal with HAIs. Results: Proposal of a framework for analyzing HAIs from a vulnerability perspective, including the individual and collective dimensions. Conclusion: Using the concept of vulnerability to study and deal with HAIs favors a new approach to an old problem, unlike the dominant studies that highlight the individual aspects of the practices in healthcare services.

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