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C difficile and norovirus key concerns for infection control professionals6th of November 2013
Clostridium difficile and norovirus appear to be the main causes of concern for infection control professionals as we enter the winter months according to a recent survey.
Conducted at Infection Prevention 2013, it revealed that 48 per cent of respondents highlighted C difficile as the primary cause of concern and 36 per cent highlighted norovirus.
The research was carried out by no-touch infection control solutions provider Bioquell. A total of 170 infection control nurses and senior practitioners were asked to rank various pathogens in order of priority and also indicate any others that they were concerned about.
Looking at what would make the biggest impact to infection control and management at each hospital, more single rooms (44 per cent of the respondents) was the clear primary choice. This was followed by a need for more infection control nurses (26 per cent).
The survey also highlighted many infection control professionals would like to have more engagement from the hospital (16 per cent stating this as a primary requirement with 46 per cent placing it in the top three rankings). The need for better hand hygiene compliance, better training and more staff engagement were all raised as key concerns.