Every year, countless lives are lost as infections spread in hospitals only because of unsterile equipment and unhygienic practices.
Some infections are easy to combat, while others can be extremely difficult and challenging. Stated below are the top 3 infection control challenges that health care providers face and can counteract with a little care:
1. Clostridium Difficile
Clostridium Difficile and Diarrhea are increasingly becoming a challenge for doctors and healthcare providers. C.Diff is growing to be more common than the combined rate of central line bloodstream infections, catheter associated blood infections and ventilator associated pneumonia. One of the major sub-areas of concern is to authorize nurses with the ability to screen diarrhea which can potentially harbor Clostridium Difficile. More than recognizing such patients, nurses must immediately isolate and test them to prevent these bacteria from spreading.
2. Hand Washing
Although, ensuring good hand washing practices to keep up with infection control standards is a no brainer, you will be surprised to know that complying with this practice is an ever-present challenge. Hand washing is extremely easy to do and an effective way to prevent the spread of many types of illnesses and infections.
To encourage this practice in a healthcare setting, dispensers must be placed as conveniently as possible so that health care providers can easily clean their hands after entering and before leaving a patient’s room. Moreover, a system must be placed that would monitor the healthcare workers’ hand washing practices all day, instead of monitoring them only when they are washing hands. Although many health care workers would protest against this system calling it an “unwanted intrusion”, unsterile conditions must not be tolerated at any costs.
3. Vaccinating Healthcare Workers
One of the major infection control challenges is to convince healthcare workers to get vaccinated for influenza and other deadly diseases. There are no two ways about it; healthcare workers constantly exposed to serious infectious diseases. Since they work directly with patients, they must get appropriate vaccines to reduce any chances of spreading these diseases. Healthcare workers must understand that at the end of the day, it’s all about protecting themselves, their patients and the community.