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Budget Cuts for Infection Prevention (IP)

Posted Nov 04 2009 10:03pm

There’s an interesting article in the August 2009 issue of Infection Control Today. The article, titled “Automated Surveillance: Can it Replace ‘Shoe-Leather’ Epidemiology” take a careful look at the impact of budget cuts on infection prevention strategies and tactics. The reduction of resources allocated to infection prevention have maed automated surveillance technologies more attractive, and in some cases an absolute necessity. To view the article online go to http://tinyurl.com/l7a2p2.

According to the article:

“A recent survey of infection preventionists (IPs) by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) confirmed that while demands on the profession are escalating, 41 percent of respondents to the “2009 APIC Economic Survey” reported reductions in budgets for infection prevention in the last 18 months due primarily to the economic downturn. With resources failing to keep pace with these demands, many IPs are strapped for the funding and staff necessary to ensure that their efforts to monitor and report healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs) are optimized.” (Source: Kelly Pyrek, Infection Control Today, August 2009)

The article goes on to explain automated surveillance technology:

“For the uninitiated, today’s surveillance technologies are computerized systems designed to collect infection data quickly to help pinpoint and investigate potential clusters of HAIs in real time. They streamline a process that can be labor intensive and limited in scope when performed manually. However, many IPs resort to “shoe-leather epidemiology” because their hospitals lack the technology; in fact, APIC’s economic survey showed that among respondents, just 1 in 5 had electronic data-mining technology at their fingertips.” (Source: Kelly Pyrek, Infection Control Today, August 2009)

Post by Dan Dunlop, The Healthcare Marketer

There’s an interesting article in the August 2009 issue of Infection Control Today. The article, titled “Automated Surveillance: Can it Replace ‘Shoe-Leather’ Epidemiology” take a careful look at the impact of budget cuts on infection prevention strategies and tactics. The reduction of resources allocated to infection prevention have maed automated surveillance technologies more attractive, and in some cases an absolute necessity. To view the article online go to http://tinyurl.com/l7a2p2.

According to the article:

“A recent survey of infection preventionists (IPs) by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) confirmed that while demands on the profession are escalating, 41 percent of respondents to the “2009 APIC Economic Survey” reported reductions in budgets for infection prevention in the last 18 months due primarily to the economic downturn. With resources failing to keep pace with these demands, many IPs are strapped for the funding and staff necessary to ensure that their efforts to monitor and report healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs) are optimized.” (Source: Kelly Pyrek, Infection Control Today, August 2009)

The article goes on to explain automated surveillance technology:

“For the uninitiated, today’s surveillance technologies are computerized systems designed to collect infection data quickly to help pinpoint and investigate potential clusters of HAIs in real time. They streamline a process that can be labor intensive and limited in scope when performed manually. However, many IPs resort to “shoe-leather epidemiology” because their hospitals lack the technology; in fact, APIC’s economic survey showed that among respondents, just 1 in 5 had electronic data-mining technology at their fingertips.” (Source: Kelly Pyrek, Infection Control Today, August 2009)

Post by Dan Dunlop, The Healthcare Marketer

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