A Bundled Approach to Infection Prevention Can Reduce CDI Rates
Evidence of the success of a bundled approach to HAI reduction can be seen in a recent paper from UNC Health Care. Using a multidisciplinary team to address diagnostic (testing) stewardship, isolation precautions, environmental cleaning and disinfection—including the use of UVC disinfection—antimicrobial stewardship and hand hygiene, over the course of approximately one year, improvements were seen. These included the areas of testing stewardship, increased UVC disinfection at terminal clean, reduction in prescriptions for antibiotics known to contribute to C. diff infections and sustained hand hygiene compliance at 90% or greater.
By implementing and monitoring these interventions, UNC Health Care saw a significant 42.7% reduction in their hospital-onset C. diff rates.
HAI reduction requires a multifaceted approach, and by including UVC in a package of interventions, it is possible to see dramatic reductions in infections such as C. diff.
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