Some of the trends that will be at the forefront of IP and EVS best practices will be at the forefront of healthcare facilities' progress as they continue to make progress toward a post-pandemic healthcare setting.
Fremont, CA: In recent years, infection control and environmental cleaning procedures have received more attention in the healthcare setting. The COVID-19 pandemic has increased that attention dramatically in the previous year, and it will most certainly continue to do so in the future. It necessitated the development of standardized infection control measures, such as using cutting-edge technology to track and report data to improve personal and facility cleaning procedures. If there is one certain thing, it is that IP and environmental services (EVS) procedures at healthcare facilities will continue to be scrutinized.
Here are some of the trends that could transform the future of infection prevention:
Infection control and safety technology
Standard precautions for all patient care, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), include hand hygiene, wearing personal protective equipment (PPE), following respiratory and cough etiquette principles, ensuring appropriate patient placement, and appropriately cleaning and disinfecting patient care equipment, instruments/devices, and environments. For patients who may be infected with some infectious diseases, transmission-based precautions are utilized in addition to traditional precautions. To prevent transmission, extra precautions are required. For contact tracing and electronic hand hygiene monitoring systems, Real-Time Location Systems (RTLS) can provide instant or real-time tracking and control of medical equipment, workers, and patients.
Moving into a post-pandemic healthcare environment, COVID-19 raised awareness about the problem, which will continue to be an important step to prevent infection spread, particularly in hospitals. Contact tracing employs RTLS technology to trace every staff member's entry and exit from patient rooms. Contact tracing with RTLS technology can help IP departments better analyze outbreaks and optimize safety standards by replacing manually recorded data with more accurate and full information gathered by these automated solutions.
Hand hygiene monitoring systems
Healthcare facilities can track hand hygiene events and provide the data needed to support ongoing improvements and compliance to meet the increased standards surrounding hand hygiene by installing an electronic hand hygiene monitoring system that can track hand hygiene events and provide the data needed to support ongoing improvements and compliance. Given the demands and complexity of hand hygiene compliance activities, technology-based solutions will continue to play an increasingly important role in supporting these efforts today and in the future.