Study: Adherence to infection control policies lacking in the ICU

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

August 27, 2014

Infection control (IC) policies in the ICU vary widely from hospital to hospital, a new study shows, a surprising conclusion considering ICU patients are typically the sickest patients in the hospital and susceptible to dangerous infections.

The study, published in the February issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, offers some interesting insight into the state of infection prevention in hospitals across the United States. Researchers asked hospitals in the National Healthcare Safety Network to respond to a survey assessing the presence of evidence-based policies. Of the 3,374 eligible hospitals, 975 responded, providing information on 1,653 ICUs.

This is an excerpt from an article in Patient Safety Monitor Journal.

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