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In 2010, Infection Control Today introduced its first-ever State of the Industry Report, designed to provide a snapshot of the trends and issues facing ICT readers who work in five sectors: infection prevention, operating room, sterile processing, environmental services and materials management. We return with our second annual report for 2011, and as before, we acquired the data by conducting anonymous electronic polls of ICT subscribers. While the polls are unscientific in nature, we believe the results provide an intriguing look inside these departments and provoke dialogue about what is happening in the current economic climate. While results are fairly even year over year, the healthcare professionals who shared their experiences with us continue to report challenges relating to budgets, resourcing and workloads, as well as ongoing shortages in time, personnel and educational opportunities.
Here's a look at just some of the kind of data you'll see in the 2011 State of the Industry Report, only from ICT: