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Committee urges for better infection control management in the region

United Arab Emirates: Tuesday, July 06 - 2004 @ 09:34

The primary function of the ICIG is to better understand the issues contributing to levels of Hospital Acquired Infection (HAI) in the region. Plans for improving HAI levels are discussed and pro-active measures are agreed to implement better infection control management.

The meeting highlighted the need to focus on education and awareness. The committee suggested that training seminars for hospital staff, including doctors would represent an important initial step and would greatly facilitate accurate infection control auditing.

Infection control is an area of critical importance in the healthcare community, as it has been proven that good infection control can reduce patient morbidity, mortality and length of stay. The incidence rate varies with the nature of the surgical procedure, intrinsic patient risk, surgical technique and environmental factors.

To address these issues, the ICIG agreed to create and distribute an infection control document specifically designed for ground level staff. The document will be translated into various languages and will educate them on the importance of infection control. A second document will be produced for healthcare managers offering practical guidance for means of improving HAI. The committee has also suggested conducting regular infection control audits and is working towards establishing a checklist for better management of infections.

The ICIG was established late last year with representation from leading surgeons, microbiologists, gynaecologists and infection control nurses from hospitals in and around Dubai, Fujairah, Abu Dhabi and Al Ain. The group meets once every two months to share best practice and implement better control and management for all kinds of infections whether hospital acquired or surgical site.

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