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Table 2 Selected results from various core components of the IPCAF. Results from 65 participating Austrian acute care hospitals

From: Evaluating infection prevention and control programs in Austrian acute care hospitals using the WHO Infection Prevention and Control Assessment Framework

TopicAnswerNumber (%)
Staffing with IPC professionals (CC1: IPC Program)No IPC professional0 (0)
Only part-time IPC professional16 (24.6)
One IPC professional per > 250 beds39 (49.2)
One IPC professional per ≤250 beds17 (26.2)
Support from IPC committee (CC1: IPC Program)IPC committee not established or not actively supporting IPC team17 (26.2)
IPC committee established and actively supporting IPC team48 (73.8)
Professional groups in IPC committee – Senior facility leadership (CC1: IPC Program)Not part of IPC committee14 (21.5)
Part of IPC committee51 (78.5)
Professional groups in IPC committee – Senior clinical staff (CC1: IPC Program)Not part of IPC committee15 (23.1)
Part of IPC committee50 (76.9)
Professional groups in the IPC committee – Facility management (CC1: IPC Program)Not part of IPC committee28 (43.1)
Part of IPC committee37 (56.9)
Surveillance of multidrug-resistant pathogens according to local situation (CC4: HAI Surveillance)Not conducted17 (26.2)
Conducted48 (73.8)
Surveillance of infections in vulnerable populations (CC4: HAI Surveillance)Not conducted24 (36.9)
Conducted41 (63.1)
Analysis of antimicrobial drug resistance (CC4: HAI Surveillance)Not or only irregularly conducted21 (32.3)
Regularly conducted44 (67.7)
Feedback of surveillance data to frontline HCW (CC4: HAI Surveillance)Not or only irregularly done17 (26.2)
Regularly done48 (73.8)
Feedback of surveillance data to heads of departments (CC4: HAI Surveillance)Not or only irregularly done9 (13.8)
Regularly done56 (86.2)
Method of feedback of surveillance data
(CC4: HAI Surveillance)
No annual feedback4 (6.2)
Annual feedback in written and/or oral form only42 (64.6)
Annual feedback via presentation and interactive problem-solution finding19 (29.2)
Frequency of undertaking the WHO Hand Hygiene Self-Assessment Framework (CC6: Monitoring/Audit of IPC Practices and Feedback)Never46 (70.8)
Irregularly14 (21.5)
Regularly (at least annually)5 (7.7)
  1. Abbreviations: CC Core component(s); HAI Healthcare-associated infection(s); HCW Healthcare worker(s); IPC Infection prevention and control; IPCAF Infection Prevention and Control Assessment Framework