This was a study of data provided in 2011 by 975 U.S. hospitals participating in the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN). The objective of this large-scale survey was to study the structure of the hospitals’ infection prevention and control programs.
Infection Preventionists (IP) Staffing Metrics
- 1.2 infection preventionists / 100 hospital beds (average found in this study)
- 1.0 infection preventionist / 250 hospital beds (had been recommended in a 1985 study)
- 0.8 to 1.0 infection preventionist / 100 hospital beds (recommendations of a study published in 2002)
Use of Hospitalists and Intensivists (remember — this is as of 2011)
- 84 percent of the nearly 1000 hospitals in this survey reported having hospitalists
- 49 percent reported having intensivists
There are also two detailed Tables of data about the use of evidence-based infection control policies in the adult intensive care units of these hospitals. For example, 100 percent of the 20 hospitals with burn units reported having a policy for maximal barrier precautions.
Source: Stone, P.W., Pogorzelska-Maziarz, M., and others. (2014, Feb.). State of infection prevention in US hospitals enrolled in NHSN. American Journal of Infection Control, 42(2), 94-99. Retrieved from author manuscript http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3951506/pdf/nihms540286.pdf Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2003, email@example.com
Filed under: Benchmarking, Hospitals, Patient safety, Posted by Kim Garber, Special care units | Tagged: Hospital infection control, Hospital-acquired infections, hospitalists, Infection preventionist staffing, Infection preventionists staffing, Intensivists, Nosocomial infections |