Deadly Intestinal Infection – Part 2 of 3
And “We are encouraged that many institutions have adopted stronger measures to prevent C difficile infection, but as our study indicates, more needs to be done to reduce the spread of this infection,” Jennie Mayfield, APIC president-elect and a clinical epidemiologist at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, said in an association news release. “We are uneasy that staffing levels are not adequate to address the scope of the problem”.
The survey also revealed an inconsistency between cleaning efforts and monitoring. While 92 percent of respondents said they had increased the force on cleaning and equipment decontamination since March 2010, 64 percent said they rely on observation to assess cleaning effectiveness, rather than monitoring technologies, which are more accurate and reliable.
Fourteen percent of respondents said nothing was done to assess cleaning efforts. Since 2010, the million of respondents who said their facilities had antimicrobial stewardship programs increased from 52 percent to 60 percent. These programs talk up careful use of antimicrobials.