Lack of funding a problem for infection control programs

By: March 25th, 2011 Email This Post Print This Post

A study published in the April 2011 issue of the Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology journal found that lack of funding is an obstacle for healthcare organizations wishing to implement an antimicrobial stewardship program (ASP).

Researchers distributed a survey to all members of the Infectious Diseases Society of America Emerging Infections Network (IDSA EIN) and received 522 responses. Seventy-three percent reported that their facilities have an ASP or are planning to create one, compared to only 50% in a similar survey done 10 years ago

The study found that 52% of respondents with an ASP reported that physicians working with infectious diseases did not receive payment for participating in the infection control programs, compared to 15% receiving payment 10 years ago.

The study concluded that lack of funding and workers remain an obstacle and hinder the implementation of more ASPs.

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Most physicians partcipate in Infection prevention/control programs as a part of their contract, much like the physicians that participate in other hospital committee asignments so they are being paid for it, just not specifically for an infection control program. They wouldn’t be “paid” to participate in a Utilization Review Committee (or other hospital based committee) either.

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