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INFECTION CONTROL: Staffing benchmarks per 100 beds

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, rc@aha.org

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