Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are infections that people get when they are receiving treatment for their surgical or medical conditions in different healthcare settings. Most, if not all HAIs can be prevented. Modern healthcare facilities employ a variety of different procedures and invasive devices for treating patients and helping them recover from their respective conditions. Devices and equipment used in medical procedures and procedures themselves are sources of infections. Mortality and morbidity in the US are associated majorly with HAIs. A significant increase in the healthcare costs in the country every year is also related to HAIs. This makes controlling HAIs very important. You can have all the state-of-the-art equipment in your healthcare facility, but if you don’t provide infection control training to your employees to prevent HAIs you aren’t entirely fulfilling your responsibilities.
The objective of an organizational infection control training program is to prevent, reduce, and eliminate HAIs. So, what does such a program offer to you and your employees?
To begin with, it introduces your employees to the concept of HAIs. A detailed explanation of things and factors that can cause these infections. After they know what HAIs are, they now need to know how important it is to control them. This will be followed by making your employees adept at identifying the links that are ultimately leading to these infections. Your employees will also be able to learn the differences between the most common agents that carry these infections. Finally, why the correct and effective use of standard precautions is vital.