A study from researchers at the Columbia School of Nursing shows that the mere presence of infection-prevention policies isn't enough to keep infection rates down. It also shows that although hospital-associated infections are nursing-sensitive outcomes, it's not just up to nurses to ensure that IP policies are being followed.
The authors of the study, published in the American Journal of Infection Control, write that their research is the "largest survey of acute care hospital infection prevention and control programs reported to date." Among the study's major and somewhat damning, findings:
Nurses have long been linked to infection control and prevention. Other research has even shown that nurse staffing hours and certifications can lead to reductions in certain HAIs.