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Title: Reasons for inadequate vaccination after splenectomy
Authors: Tanaskovic Snežana
Odalović B.
Jankovic, Slobodan
Hamzagić, Nedim
Issue Date: 2015
Abstract: © 2016 Acta Facultatis Medicae Naissensis. The aim of this study was to analyze the reasons why the guidelines for post-splenectomy vaccination are not being followed. Considering that vaccination reduces the risk of overwhelming post-splenectomy infection, it is important to determine the reasons for inadequate vaccination after splenectomy. Our research was a qualitative study based on interviews with six surgeons, one general practitioner and three patients who underwent splenectomy, and on the review of patient's medical charts and discharge summaries. This study has shown that health care team and patients lack sufficient knowledge about postsplenectomy vaccination. In addition, the study has shown that splenectomy registers, medical bracelets and up-to-date vaccination cards still have not become part of our current practice. Our study has shown that patient education and health care team education is crucial to follow the guidelines for post-splenectomy vaccination, which is similar to most other reports. In order to increase the level of post-splenectomy vaccination, we need to upgrade the education of health care teams and patients. Moreover, we need to start using splenectomy registers, medical bracelets and up-to-date vaccination cards.
Type: article
DOI: 10.1515/afmnai-2015-0028
ISSN: 0351-6083
SCOPUS: 2-s2.0-84955299340
Appears in Collections:Faculty of Medical Sciences, Kragujevac

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