Automated Surveillance Technology and Implementation of Evidenced-Based Infection Control Practices

May 15, 2011

A new study published in the May 2011 issue of the American Journal of Infection Control analyzed the relationship between the use of automated surveillance technology (AST) by hospitals and the implementation of evidence-based infection control practices by the hospital.  Researchers from the University of California, recipe School of Public Health tested the hypothesis that hospitals using AST for the identification of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) would have made more progress in the implementation of infection control practices as compared to those hospitals relying instead on manual surveillance.

The researchers surveyed all California acute general care hospitals during the time period of October 2008 to January 2009.  The response rate was 83% with a final sample size of 241 hospitals.

The findings revealed 32.4% of the hospitals (one-third) used AST for monitoring HAIs.  The researchers found that adoption of AST was “statistically significant and positively associated with the depth of implementation of evidence-based practices for” methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) as well as the adoption of contact precautions and infection practices for surgical care.  The study researchers also found that the hospital use of AST was “associated with the breadth of hospital implementation of evidence-based practices across” 5 targeted HAIs.

The researchers conclude that hospitals using AST “can achieve greater depth and breadth in implementing evidence-based infection control practices.”

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Reference:

Halpin, and H, sick Shortell, SM, Milstein A, and M. Vanneman.  (2011).  Hospital adoption of automated surveillance technology and the implementation of infection prevention and control programs.  Am J Infect  Control, 39(4):270-6.

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