One example is the use of copper products as an infection control strategy. 5.85 All hospital services had completed their waste management. Twelve said their infection control team was always involved in the contract review.127 Three indicated that they had never included their team in such audits. 5.3 Similarly, infection control personnel do not work in a clinical hierarchy like other nurses or doctors. To fulfill their infection control mission, infection control team staff must be empowered to review policies, procedures and practices throughout the hospital. You must be able to check the practices of the oldest medical advisors, otherwise there will be flaws in the management of infection control that endanger the hospital service. 5.84 Accreditation (see point 2.21 at page 44) can lead to improvements in activities that affect the safety of the hospital environment. To obtain accreditation, a hospital service we visited had to undergo a laundry department review. The infection control team has long been concerned about the quality and safety of the service provided by another DHB. The audit found that the service did not meet Australian laundry standards.126 In its report, the accreditation agency noted non-compliance with DHB and therefore addressed the concerns of the infection control team. In terms of infection control, the most logical AEC is an assessment of the benefits that a new product or intervention must obtain in relation to the cost of the existing product or intervention, and the cost of infections that could be prevented. High-tech products have recently received increased attention in the health sector.

Some of these high-tech products, such as . B, rapid tests based on molecules for MRSA screening, are directly linked to infection control activities such as infection isolation and surveillance. The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). APIC Infection Control and Epidemiology Text, Charrico, R, ed,3rd edition. APSC, Washington DC. 2009, Chapter 33. ISBN: 1-933013-44-3. For example, the role of copper as an antimicrobial has received some attention over the years as a hospital infection control product. Clinical trial data are limited and only show that copper reduces bacterial load. This is obviously an attractive concept. However, no studies are available to show its impact on reducing infection rates.

Instead, limited data on its bactericidal properties are marketed as “evidence” to support the role of copper as a remedy for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Many experts believe that these claims exaggerate the role of copper as an infection control tool. On the other hand, some facilities took the lack of evidence for copper and replaced door fittings and other metal objects, or used copper-based paints as an infection control tool. First, the rationale for intervention such as rapid molecular screening for MRSA requires a hierarchical approach to the problem and provides a good example of the importance of the multidisciplinary team approach to the implementation of the case. Infection control, staff and management staff in intensive care, infectious diseases, laboratory staff, hospital administration and financial staff are important members of the team. 5.79 Here we asked if the infection control team was involved in the verification of the restoration contract.124 Six hospital departments reported that they had always involved their infection control team.