Conducting effective infection control surveillance

April 18, 2017

When conducting effective infection control surveillance, infection preventionists should "pick their battles," according to an article on the Contagion Live website.

At the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) Spring 2017 Conference, Laurie Conway, RN, PhD, CIC, delivered a presentation explaining that infection preventionists need to “pick their battles,” when it comes to surveillance targets. 

“Surveillance takes up about 44 percent of our time, so we need to choose wisely when we say we are going to monitor and act on something,”  Laurie Conway, RN, PhD, CIC, said. 

Having rational surveillance targets is a “core component of any Infection Prevention and Control program and mandatory surveillance targets are usually chosen due to “their preventability and ease of comparison, not local risk,” she said.

Read the article.


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