Infection Preventionists

Infection Preventionists Play a Role in Implementation Science

June 16, 2011

Knowing that research drives practice, which then impacts patient outcomes, the infection prevention and healthcare epidemiology is striving to improve its embrace of implementation science (defined by Eccles and Mittman as "the scientific study of methods to promote the systematic uptake of research findings and other evidence-based practices into routine practice"). Although federal agencies and professional societies have been churning out guidelines and standards for decades, practitioners have been struggling with what should inform daily practice and how the evidence should become accepted practice.

Industry Helps Infection Preventionists Address Knowledge Gaps

December 7, 2010

In ICTs first-ever State of the Industry Report presented earlier this year, survey respondents reported that 77 percent of them participate regularly or frequently in educational events such as conferences, Webinars and self-study courses, in order to improve their knowledge about infection prevention and control. But that leaves the 23 percent who indicated that they rarely engage in education-related activities are they becoming stagnant in their quest for life-long learning? And approximately one-third of survey respondents pointed to a lack of education as one of the biggest barriers to healthcare workers compliance with infection prevention practices.