Survey: 51% of infection preventionists cite lack of technology as No. 1 barrier to preventing HAIs

More than half of infection preventionists pointed to a lack of technology as a major obstacle to preventing healthcare-associated infections in their hospitals or health systems, according to a recent survey conducted by 3M.

For the survey, entitled "Human Factors and the Future of Infection Prevention," 3M polled  650 U.S. infection preventionists and clinicians.

The survey found 51 percent of infection preventionists attribute widespread illness to a lack of new technology adoption, along with inadequate support from  senior leadership. Fifty percent of those surveyed believe there is also a poor compliance with following infection control protocols.

"We wanted to gain a better understanding of beliefs and perceptions clinicians hold about the current reality and future potential of infection prevention," said Pat Parks, MD, PhD, medical director of  3M Medical Solutions Division. "Armed with these insights, we're convening with critical stakeholders to support clinicians in their fight against HAI."

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