The task of preventing catheter-related bloodstream infections is still proving difficult for many hospitals, despite proven best practices and increased awareness, according to results of a survey released at the annual meeting of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, in New Orleans. Of the estimated 80,000 patients who develop these types of infections each year, about 30,000 die as a result, APIC said in a release.
Catheter-related infections still vex many hospitals, APIC survey finds
Nearly 50% of the more than 2,000 infection preventionists who completed the survey said catheter-related bloodstream infections are “at least somewhat” of a problem at their hospital and less than 20% reported zero infections. The top barriers, according to respondents, were insufficient resources, time constraints, difficult-to-enforce policies, poor attendance at educational events and lack of leadership from hospital administration.
Peter Pronovost, a patient-safety expert and professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, spoke at the briefing and called the findings worrisome. Successful infection prevention programs depend on having a chain of accountability in place, he said.
The survey results show only about 1 in 4 respondents believes their leaders monitor compliance and hold staff accountable for infection rates, Kathy Warye, APIC's CEO, said during the briefing. And only 30% said they believed their institution would spend the money needed to prevent catheter-related bloodstream infections.
“Preventing infections requires the full commitment of hospital leadership to ensure adequate resources and instill a culture of patient safety within the institution,” Pronovost said in the release. “If infection prevention is a priority for leadership, it will be a priority for the rest of the institution.”
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