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Infection Control

Control infection using data

“One who maintains cleanliness keeps away diseases” – Sam Veda

All hospitals have infection control teams (ICT’s) that are responsible for preventing infection and logging and investigating all cases of infection. Guidelines state that infection is to be controlled through four key areas: hand hygiene, environmental cleaning, antibiotic control and intravenous (IV) line care. Most, if not all, healthcare institutions will outline frameworks and policies for maintaining cleanliness throughout premises. This includes educating on the importance of hand hygiene and so forth. These are likely to be based on NICE guidelines.

The Value of Data in Preventing Infections

Data plays a major role in preventing infection. The outcomes of hospital processes such as surgical procedures, central line insertion practices (CLIPs), medication errors and personnel compliance with protocols are examples that need to be recorded and measured. Furthermore, a patients care procedure needs to be compared against set infection control guidelines, to assess how well standards are being adhered to.

In the unfortunate event of the spread of infection, an infection control team will look through different data sets to trace the infection back to its source. Examples include patient visits data, admission/discharge/transfer records, and results from various tests, patient diagnosis and other historical data sets. Estates and facilities data (that show expenditure on cleanliness) and patient feedback can also contribute towards painting the picture on infection.

Healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs) can arise from anywhere, which make them particularly hard to track. This is where an infection control risk assessment tool and/or infection control risk assessment structures can help staff to manage infections.

Overall, hospitals may need to collect data from a variety of different sources and pull data from various systems. Moreover, the data is a mix of quantitative and qualitative information and requires in-depth analysis in order to solve problems. Learn more about collecting data from paper, mobile devices and digital ink pens.

Infection Control Dashboard

Document Capture’s infection control dashboard can amalgamate the different data sets and bring that data to life, providing an interactive means to viewing the necessary data to prevent infection. The sources of infection data will either be on electronic databases or paper documentation. Our data management toolkit can pull the necessary data without the need for manual data entry. Moreover, the entire digital platform will mean all paper sources will be available electronically, which saves space and time. The dashboard is bespoke and designed around the needs of client.

 

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