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Hospitals ready to attack Ebola, but lack enough resources

Hospital Safety Insider, November 5, 2015

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Nine out of 10 infection control professionals leaders say their hospitals are better prepared than they were a year ago to care for a patient with a highly infectious disease like Ebola, but more than half say they still don't have enough resources to support infection prevention programs, according to a study from the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).

The study, chronicled in Fierce Healthcare, polled 15,000 members who work in acute care hospitals in September, to determine their ongoing needs after the first Ebola patient was admitted to a U.S. hospital last October. About 10% of respondents said they received additional personnel from their facilities, and 37% said they received support for staff training programs on infection control protocols.

Still, the report says that many facilities still feel they don't have adequate support to protect patients and healthcare workers from the threat of emerging infectious diseases and antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and a majority have not received funding or training from the government resources such as the Department of Health and Human Services to prepare for future outbreaks.

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