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P142: Education of key personnel in infection control in hospitals in the capital region of Copenhagen


According to the infection control programme 2011-2012, a need for education of various professionals in infection prevention and control is described. The Capital Regions quality-council has aimed to reduce Hospital acquired infections by 50% over a 3-year period.


The education is primarily intended for health care workers with a bachelor degree (RN, MD). The education extends for 5 days and is a combination of theoretical training, case studies in groups, and in presentation of the studies. The education is offered 3 times a year with 25 students per course.

The focus is the organization of the infection prevention and control nationally and locally, helping to create a link between overall policy objectives and infection prevention and control at each department / hospital.

The educational programme aims to ensure:

  • A uniform basis for practicing infection control for the front line personnel

  • Networking across hospitals

  • Implementation of accreditation standards and guidelines in infection control and patient safety in cooperation with managers and employees

  • Introduction to international, regional and local infection control guidelines

  • Evaluation by a questionnaire


The participants (N=159) evaluated the education by a questionnaire. There are 115-answered questionnaires, a response rate of 72% (N=115). The form is mainly constructed with Likerts Scale, where a scoring on 4 means very good and 0 means very bad. Results are above “good” and does not fluctuating over time (2011-2012).

  • Academic achievement 3.22

  • Clinically usefull 3.10

  • Professional level 3.18


According to the questionnaire survey 115/159 (72%) were satisfied with the contents and education.

After education of 159 key infection control personnel, local initiatives have been reinforced at the hospitals within the infection-control area. The initiative is followed up by 2-4 annual theme days with current topics to strengthen the networking.

The education is adapted to the Capital Region’s overall strategy on infection control.

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Madsen, A., Mogensen, D., Jørgensen, A. et al. P142: Education of key personnel in infection control in hospitals in the capital region of Copenhagen. Antimicrob Resist Infect Control 2 (Suppl 1), P142 (2013).

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