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Study Highlights Need for Strengthened Infection Prevention Measures Among Healthcare Professionals

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Rafia Tasleem
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Study Highlights Need for Strengthened Infection Prevention Measures Among Healthcare Professionals

A recent study published in the American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC) has brought to light the need for bolstering infection prevention measures amongst healthcare professionals, particularly those with the highest risk of exposure to SARS-CoV-2. This research, conducted at the University of North Carolina Medical Center, is unique in its inclusion of a wide array of healthcare roles, such as physicians, advanced practice providers, nurses, therapists, and dieticians, thereby painting a comprehensive picture of potential virus exposure and adherence to infection precautions across various job roles.

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Identifying Risks and Errors

The data, sourced from surveys and routine staff observations, unveiled that those at the highest risk of exposure were also most prone to making errors in their adherence to infection prevention measures. This correlation was especially prominent among nurses who were found to be more likely to be exposed and commit errors in precautions than physicians. These findings underscore the urgency for strategic amendments to training and responses to ensure healthcare workers' safety.

Implications for Future Outbreaks

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The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) and the lead author of the study, Emily J. Haas, stress on the importance of this data in fortifying preparedness for future outbreaks. The study not only highlights potential areas of improvement for infection preventionists but also underscores the need for enhanced safety in daily healthcare delivery. Founded in 1972, APIC has been at the forefront of advocating for infection prevention and control through research, education, and workforce development.

Stepping Up Infection Prevention Measures

The study offers valuable insights into the effectiveness of infection prevention and control measures during the COVID-19 pandemic and the role of innovative tools, such as mobile applications, in facilitating data management and information transmission. It also emphasizes the threat posed by antimicrobial resistance globally and calls for appropriate prevention and management of infections across the surgical pathway. The study concludes with the assertion that perception of PPE availability and mental health outcomes in healthcare workers is a complex interplay that warrants further investigation.

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