Implementation Science and Research
Concurrent Education Session - 60 minutes
Home healthcare (HHC) is the fastest growing healthcare sector, and infection is one of the leading reasons for hospitalization among HHC patients. IPC in HHC poses special challenges due to the uncontrolled home environment and limited resources available to staff.
In this interactive panel session, participants will learn about the findings from a multi-method study, including:
1. Describe home care nurses’ infection control knowledge, attitudes, and compliance with IPC practices derived from a survey of home care nurses;
2. Identify the challenges home care nurses face in IPC practice based on observations and interviews with home care nurses;
3. Describe an innovative risk prediction model derived from routinely collected data that can be used to facilitate effective infection control in a home care setting.
Study findings will be used to facilitate a discussion of the challenges faced by home care nurses with regard to IPC and potential improvements for IPC programs in HHC.