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timeperiod to get infection programmes off the ground”. Zingg explained
this by noting that “some hospitals just don’t have the means to start the
programme, but once the programme has been established, they may
find ways to continue … an intervention programme … sustainably”.
One of Zingg’s final recommendations was to “foster a positive
organisational culture and teamwork in European hospitals”, which could
be promoted, rather than enforced, by politicians: “Encourage or mandate
hospitals to establish infection control standards of staffing and
organisational structure, and fund research in the field of infection control,
emphasising implementation and behaviour change.”
From the findings of the PROHIBIT project, it is evident simple steps can
be made in order to greatly improve the health and safety of patients
when spending time in Europe’s hospitals. Implementing these
recommendations will be key to overcoming a preventable cause of death
in Europe’s health practice environment.
The European Commission has identified that the implementation of
strategies in this area of public health varies across the Union and there
is, by treaty, an expectation to assist EU member states in co-ordinating
their efforts. It will now be up to Europe’s politicians to see what form
this action will take.
hospitals impacted on the organisation and the
purchasing of materials that they needed for
the study.
“We identified that there is a positive
association between an attitude of excellence
and safety culture and low baseline rates of
CRBSI. So if we have a positive attitude
towards your hospital, it has a positive impact
on how you are involved or how you put
forward your hospital.
“Influential individuals were identified also.
They were able to overcome organisational
and financial barriers by networking. We
further identified that those influential
individuals became central to implementation
success through continuity, presence in the
units ... the boundary spanning between
infection control and frontline, and personality
and social talent.”
Recommendations
Zingg concluded his presentation by making a
number of recommendations in regards to
preventing the spread of hospital infections that
the project is keen to present to politicians: “We
need to establish a European infection control
strategy, establish an authoritative body for
state-of-the-art guideline production; we may
consider having European train-the-trainer
workshops because we have seen that in our
project that has worked really well.”
Another recommendation was to “consider
providing dedicated salaries for a limited
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Looking to Horizon 2020
Following the event, Dr Walter Zingg spoke to Portal about the
PROHIBIT project and expressed his thoughts on the reaction from
professionals in the health sector on its findings.
“Healthcare workers would identify with the results and … most of
the time would say that they are a good reflection of what is really
going on. This is also something we wanted with this project – we
wanted to address the reality.
“I have to acknowledge that the selection of the hospitals in the
intervention study was a positive bias because apparently we had
hospitals participating in the study that were willing to do so, and they
already had this attitude … that healthcare and social infections are
a problem and this is why they volunteered to participate.”
Zingg added that he would like to see Horizon 2020 calls on this
area of research.
One of the areas
assessed was the
use of alcohol-based
hand rub
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