Evaluating infection prevention policies can reveal improvement opportunities

Majority of hospitals have policies for hand hygiene, fewer for antimicrobial restrictions

By Healthcare Facilities Today
November 4, 2013

Identifying gaps in infection prevention practices may yield opportunities for improved patient safety, according to a survey published in the November issue of the American Journal of Infection Control.

Ascension Health, a non-profit healthcare system with hospitals and related healthcare facilities in 23 states and the District of Columbia, conducted a 96-question survey of 71 of its member hospitals to evaluate infection control processes, according to an article on the Infection Control Today website.

According to the survey results, the majority of hospitals had infection prevention policies in place for the use of devices, surgery, hand hygiene, and multidrug-resistant organisms. However, only (28 out of 71 or 39.4 percent) reported having policies relating to antimicrobial stewardship, such as antimicrobial restrictions. Appropriate use of antibiotics is necessary to prevent antibiotic resistance.

“We suggest that individual hospitals evaluate their policies, processes, and practices prior to implementing interventions to establish a baseline for comparative purposes, to reduce infection, and base their action on the gaps identified. We believe that identifying the gaps and addressing them as a system will help lead to marked improvements in safety for our patients,” the article quoted the survey authors as saying.

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