Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Study finds correlation between electronic surveillance systems and IP satisfaction

A survey study published in this month's American Journal of Infection Control looked at the impact of electronic surveillance systems (ESS) on infection preventionists' (IPs) jobs. IPs from over 200 hospitals in California participated in the survey. One very interesting finding from the study is that IPs with ESS have more organizational support and that organizational support is highly correlated with IPs' satisfaction level.

The study also provides an informative look at the changing role of today's IPs. The table below summarizes how today's IPs spend their time:

The chart below summarizes where IPs are spending their time:

Although the study finds that IPs with ESS don't necessarily spend less time on surveillance, they do allow the IPs to spend less time on data collection and more time on decision making and implementing preventative interventions.

Abstract and link to full text here

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