Do you have enough infection prevention staff?

A new press release from the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) states that results from two new studies conclude that healthcare systems, including long-term care and home health facilities, should have 1 full-time equivalent (FTE) infection prevention staff per 69 beds, indicating a greater IP need than the previously accepted standard of 0.5-1.0 FTE per 100 beds.

The studies were published in the American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC), the journal of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). According to the release:

“The study shows how important it is to conduct thorough needs assessments before determining staffing models for any given organization,” said Rebecca Bartles, MPH, CIC, FAPIC, the AJIC study’s lead author. “While a one-size-fits-all model can’t necessarily account for differences across systems, there would be immense value in large healthcare systems pooling together quantitative needs assessment data for analysis.”

“The relationship between IP staffing and rates of healthcare-associated infections has been documented,” said Monika Pogorzelska-Maziarz, PhD, MPH, CIC, FAPIC, lead author of the APIC MegaSurvey article. “This study sheds light on the fact that individual organizations should conduct routine assessments to ensure IP staffing is matching the demands of the facility, and it demonstrates the need for information-sharing among organizations.”

“Both studies support the view that IP staffing recommendations should be based on the care and services provided by a healthcare institution, rather than on a single ratio, which may not be appropriate for all models,” sates the release. Read it in full here.


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