A recent survey of infection preventionists found that half (51 percent) believe lack of adopting new technology and processes and insufficient support from senior leadership are the top barriers to preventing healthcare-associated infections (HAI), followed closely by poor protocol compliance rates.
Despite the barriers, clinicians surveyed were optimistic about their ability to improve infection rates. One-third believed infections can be avoided when providing healthcare. Survey data also indicated these clinicians are seeking technological advances that will help them reduce preventable infections.
The survey, Human Factors and the Future of Infection Prevention, was commissioned by 3M and conducted by a third-party research firm in April 2018. Of the 650 completed interviews, 237 respondents identified themselves as infection preventionists. The remaining respondents were predominately nurses with patient care responsibilities.
“At 3M, we are on a mission to partner with clinicians to take on preventable infections,” Pat Parks, MD, PhD, Medical Director, 3M Medical Solutions Division stated in a press release issued earlier this week. “We wanted to gain a better understanding of beliefs and perceptions clinicians hold about the current reality and future potential of infection prevention. Armed with these insights, we’re convening with critical stakeholders to support clinicians in their fight against HAIs.”
Based on the survey data, 3M will be hosting a series of events focused on advancing infection prevention, starting with a webinar on July 11, 2018, to discuss in more depth the barriers to infection prevention revealed in the survey. Register at 3M.com/IPSurveyWebinar.
Upcoming events will reveal survey findings on clinicians’ attitudes and beliefs about infection prevention trends, best practices, compliance, auditing, and training.
Stay tuned for the full survey results – including insights on fighting both peripheral (PLABSI) and central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) and surgical site infections (SSI) – to be published later this year.