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Tips for Performing an Infection Control Risk Assessment

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Tips for Performing an Infection Control Risk Assessment

    Tips for Performing an Infection Control Risk

    Assessment

    The task:

    Coordinate an organization-wide risk assessment

    The purpose:

    To determine priorities for infection control activities

    Key Elements of an Infection Control Assessment

    Partnerships

Form partnerships with:

    ; Key stakeholders, e.g., physicians, nurses, technicians,

    laboratory, special support services, administration to provide

    data and information, experiences, concerns for their area of

    responsibility. e.g., ICU staff, occupational health, biomedical

    services, risk management

    ; Those who have the information you need

    ; Opinion leaders in the organization

    ; Leadership for support and endorsement

    Team

    ; Create a team to help analyze the information from the

    assessment

    ; Engage 3-5 key staff to work as a team on the assessment

    ; Patient safety and performance improvement staff or

    committees to assist

    Gather Data and Information

Organizational Data

    ; Gain access to key reports in the organization, e.g., services

    provided, populations served and characteristics and volumes,

    special environmental issues.

    ; Tap into organizational data (medical records, lab records,

    admission and discharge numbers

    ; Review IC program surveillance data

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Scientific Data

    ; Review the literature for new trends Infection Control

    Journals and others

    o Link to key websites, e.g., , CHICA, UK, Ministries of

    Health, Health Departments Bioterrorism, WHO, CDC,

    APIC, SHEA, IDSA

Community Data

    ; Connect with the local health department to identify trends

    that may affect infection risk in the facility

    ; Issues of emerging pathogens and bioterrorism plans

Systematic Methods and Templates

; Develop a systematic way of looking at data

    ; Turn qualitative data into quantitative when possible ; Develop a ranking scheme to determine highest priorities ; Team ranks data to determine priorities

Educate Others to Assist in Assessment

    ; Provide support and guidance for others to perform their risk

    assessments:

    ; Provide an educational session

    ; Share organization’s IC data from surveillance, outbreaks,

    morbidity, mortality

    ; Design a simple template \

    ; Create ease of performing and submitting information

Disseminate the Information

•Market the risk assessment importance and share results.

    Develop concise, clear report with key points highlighted •Acknowledge those who participate in the process

    Barbara M. Soule, RN MPA CIC

    Practice Leader Infection Prevention and Control JCR/JCI

    APIC/JCAHO Toolkit, 2005

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