Infection prevention and control (IPC) programs in hospitals continue to dramatically reduce the incidence of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). However, a recent point-prevalence survey found that on any given day, about 1 in 31 hospital patients have at least one HAI.
Hospitals need high-performing IPC programs given the transparency around Hospital-Acquired Conditions (HACs), which includes HAI rates through mandated public reporting, the prevalence of multi-drug resistant organisms (MDROs), and the increasing demand for improved patient and financial outcomes.
In this guide, access key resources to build a high-performing and resilient infection prevention and control program including:
- the impact that infection prevention and control programs can have in HAI reduction, cost reduction, and patient outcomes
- the challenges that infection preventionists face with limiting time and resources
- 5 attributes of a high-performing IP program; they include staff and education, evidence-based policies and procedures, real-time surveillance, outbreak management, and antimicrobial stewardship
- the benefits of an an electronic surveillance system and what to look for when considering surveillance systems to support IP efforts