Registered Nurses Response to High Prairie Infection Control Situation

    EDMONTON, Oct. 27 /CNW/ - The College and Association of Registered
Nurses of Alberta (CARNA) provided the following response to the announcement
of an infection control situation in High Prairie.
    "While I cannot comment on the specific details of the situation in High
Prairie, in general all registered nurses are expected to follow the Nursing
Practice Standards which includes following relevant legislation, standards
and policies such as the provincial infection control standards," said
Margaret Hadley, CARNA president. "The Nursing Practice Standards also expect
that registered nurses will question policies and procedures inconsistent with
best patient outcomes, best practices and safety standards."
    Hadley added that CARNA supports the review to be conducted by the Health
Quality Council of Alberta which will determine how the situation in High
Prairie occurred.
    "We have been proactively informing our members of the new infection
control standards in our member newsletter and on our web-site since the
standards were introduced earlier this year," says Hadley. "Registered nurses
are expected to stay current with best practices in areas such as infection
control as professionals who are accountable for their own actions."

    CARNA is the professional and regulatory body for Alberta's more than
30,000 RNs, the largest health-care profession in the province. It sets
nursing practice standards and ensures Albertans receive safe, competent and
ethical nursing practice.

For further information:

For further information: Margaret Ward-Jack, Tel (780) 453-0515, Cell
(780) 932-1376, E-mail

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