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The Power of Leadership and Education in Enhancing Infection Prevention and Control Measures in Hospitals

A study conducted on medical leaders and reported in the BMC Medical Education volume 23, article number 758 (2023) relates the successful impact of leadership support on the adherence to infection prevention and control (IPC) measures. The focus was to strengthen this support further through a specially designed educational program targeting chief medical officers (CMOs) in hospitals to study its potential influence on IPC measures.

The study, which was a controlled cohort study conducted between 2018 and 2019, involved an initial workshop, an e-learning course, and a final meeting. The CMOs involved in the study were surveyed about their IPC management activities which include, among other measures, the use of alcohol hand rub (AHR) and monitoring the incidence of hospital-associated (HA) Clostridioides difficile-associated infections (CDI). The results indicate a positive impact on the adherence to IPC measures and increased collaboration with relevant stakeholders. Notably, an improvement in AHR consumption practices and a decrease in HA CDI cases in the intervention group was observed post the intervention.

This proves that multimodal IPC training for CMOs is beneficial and can bring about crucial positive changes in the relevant collaboration and cooperation in hospitals. IPC training for hospital management is thus suggested to be further intensified. The data underscores the vital role of IPC in patient safety and emphasizes the urgency for hospitals to intensify their IPC measures considering the global increase in antimicrobial resistance.

Training and education in IPC are critical to improving infection prevention measures and a focused program equipping managers at the hospital level in their roles toward IPC was found to have significant beneficial outcomes. The program reinforced IPC management at the hospital level and these initiatives have the potential to meaningfully impact hospital outcomes, influencing patient safety for the better.

Source: https://bmcmededuc.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12909-023-04709-z

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