The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a diversion of resources, increasing the risk of HAIs. The pandemic has forced hospitals to rethink protocols to enhance the safety of patients and staff. However, periods of disruption often lead to new and better solutions. For example, hospitals have adopted universal decolonization to reduce secondary bacterial infection risk during flu season, reduce personal protective equipment use as well as the risk of surgical site infections and central line-associated bloodstream infections.
The webinar will discuss how:
- Periods of disruption often lead to new and better solutions
- COVID-19 affords this opportunity
- Bacterial colonization risk mitigation can reduce HAIs during flu season and viral outbreaks
- Colonization risk mitigation programs can improve efficiency, reduce PPE use and mitigate infection risk during times of constrained resources