HealthJanuary 01, 2021

5 attributes of a high-performing infection prevention and control program

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.

Wolters Kluwer presents 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.

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