Education regarding hospital-acquired infections is one of the areas most reduced because of budget cutbacks in hospitals, according to a survey of infection-control specialists by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology.
Budget cutbacks hit infection training, survey finds
Of 1,943 members who responded to the weeklong online survey in March, 44% said they attend fewer meetings at their hospital because of cutbacks, and 42% said they did not conduct as many walking rounds of hospital units. Reduction in travel has cut back support for attending APIC events, according to 45% of the respondents. The majority of responses came from staff working in acute-care hospitals.
Because of hiring freezes and budget cutbacks, infection-control specialists are taking on more duties that keep them from focusing on prevention, APIC said in the survey. Reducing HAIs should remain a priority for hospital leadership, which will spend more money treating infections than stopping them from occurring in the first place, the organization said.
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