Survey Reveals Improvements Needed in Infection Control

PHILADELPHIA -- The June issue of Nursing2007 features an infection control survey report that examines responses from more than 3,000 nurses about adherence to accepted infection control standards and guidelines. Nursing2007, published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, conducted the survey. The report explores nurses perceptions about infection control in their healthcare facilities and gauges how well healthcare professionals adhere to current standards in daily practice. Only 59 percent of those surveyed reported that their facilities have a standard group of strategies or interventions for preventing central line infections.

Preventing infectious disease is a national priority, says Cheryl L. Mee, RN, BC, CMSRN, MSN, editor-in-chief of Nursing2007. We hope this report will help hospitals become more aware of the challenges of infection control and best practices for prevention.

The survey was supported by an educational grant from B. Braun Medical Inc.

Source: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins