Study: Infection Preventionists Recognize Evidence for IP Practices

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In general, infection preventionists recognize different strengths of evidence for common infection prevention practices, according to a study in the American Journal of Infection Control.

Researchers surveyed infection prevention workers at 478 U.S. hospitals on the perceived evidence for 28 of the most common hospital infection prevention practices. Ninety percent or more of the respondents perceived six practices as having strong evidence. The authors wrote in the study, "In general, perceived strength of evidence tracked with the actual strength of evidence that has been reported in evidence-based guidelines."


In addition, infection preventionists certified in infection prevention and control were two to three times more likely than their non-certified peers to perceive certain practices as having strong evidence, according to the study.

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