Television serials have some effects on the knowledge and behaviors of audience. Hospital TV serials may affect the knowledge and attitude of hospital staff on infection control. The aim of this study is to investigate the accuracy of infection control measures and mistakes exhibited in hospital TV serials from various countries.
House MD (USA), Doktorlar (Turkey), Die Schwarzwaldklinik (Germany), Medical Top Team (South Korea), Lahazat Harega (Egypt) are the serials included in the study. Five researchers watched a particular TV serial for 10 hours long each. Both accurate practices and mistakes were recorded on a standardized data sheet that consists of the type and timing of the mistakes; the role, occupation and gender of the character. Data were analysed using STATA 9.0 statistical software programme.
A total of 3620 occasions related to infection control measures were evaluated. Among these 3620 practices 1349 (37.3%) were inappropriate. The most common (84.1%) mistakes were inappropriate usage of personel protective equipments followed by inappropriate hand hygiene (12.3%), improper skin antisepsis (2.1%) and incorrect disposal of medical waste (1.5%). Sixty-three percent of the mistakes were done by males (actors), 89.7% were done by physicians and 53.3% were done by the principal performers (stars). İnappropriate infection control measures were more common in House MD and Lahazat Harega than the other serials.
In TV serials many of the medical occasions regarding infection control practices were appropriate. Stars as a role model for the audience have responsiblity to perform correct practices during their performance.
P. Cavdar, None
O. Deger, None
T. Atak, None
T. Akben, None
D. Oztuna, None
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