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Title: Infection prevention and control strategies in the era of limited resources and quality improvement: A perspective paper
Authors: Vandijck, Dominique
Cleemput, Irina
Hellings, Johan
Vogelaers, Dirk
Issue Date: 2013
Citation: AUSTRALIAN CRITICAL CARE, 26 (4), p. 154-157
Abstract: This paper aims to describe, using an evidence-based approach, the importance of and the resources necessary for implementing effective infection prevention and control (IPC) programmes. The intrinsic and explicit values of such strategies are presented from a clinical, health-economic and patient safety perspective. Policy makers and hospital managers are committed to providing comprehensive, accessible, and affordable healthcare of high quality. Changes in the healthcare system over time accompanied with variations in demographics and case-mix have considerably affected the availability, quality and ultimately the safety of healthcare. The main goal of an IPC programme is to prevent and control healthcare-associated infections (HAI). Many patient-, healthcare provider-, and organizational factors are associated with an increased risk for acquiring HAIs and may impact both the quality and outcome of patient care. Evidence has been published in support of having an effective IPC programme. It has been estimated that about one-third of HAIs could be prevented if key elements of the evidence-based recommendations for IPC are adequately introduced and followed. However, several healthcare agencies from over the world have reported deficits in the essential resources and components of current IPC programmes. To meet its main goal, staffing, training, and infrastructure requirements are needed. Nevertheless, and given the economic crisis, policy makers and hospital managers may be tempted to not increase or even to reduce the budget as it consumes resources and does not generate sufficient visible revenue. IPC is a critical issue in patient safety, as HAIs are by far the most common complication affecting admitted patients. The significant clinical and health-economic burden HAIs place on the healthcare system speak to the importance of getting introduced effective IPC programmes. (C) 2013 Australian College of Critical Care Nurses Ltd. Published by Elsevier Australia (a division of Reed International Books Australia Pty Ltd). All rights reserved.
Notes: [Vandijck, Dominique; Vogelaers, Dirk] Univ Ghent, Fac Med & Hlth Sci, B-9000 Ghent, Belgium. [Vandijck, Dominique; Cleemput, Irina] Hasselt Univ, Fac Business Econ, Diepenbeek, Belgium. [Cleemput, Irina] Belgian Hlth Care Knowledge Ctr, Brussels, Belgium. [Hellings, Johan] Hasselt Univ, Fac Med & Life Sci, Diepenbeek, Belgium. [Hellings, Johan] ICURO, Brussels, Belgium. [Vogelaers, Dirk] Ghent Univ Hosp, Dept Gen Internal Med & Infect Dis, Ghent, Belgium.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/16997
DOI: 10.1016/j.aucc.2011.07.005
ISI #: 000327769800003
ISSN: 1036-7314
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
Validation: ecoom, 2015
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