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HCTW news brief: Survey finds infection prevention budgets being slashed

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, June 12, 2009

The recession is causing many healthcare facilities across the nation to cut infection prevention budgets, potentially raising the risk to patients, says a new survey conducted by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology in March.

Forty-one percent of nearly 2,000 respondents reported budget cutbacks, such as money for staff, education, technology, and equipment. Of that 41%, a third had experienced hiring freezes and nearly 40% said their facilities had experienced layoffs or reduced hours.

In addition, infection control professionals reported that new data collection and reporting requirements—from organizations such as The Joint Commission and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services—are increasingly taking them away from traditional infection prevention priorities.

Click here to read the full survey.

Source: The Wall Street Journal's Health Blog

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