How To Determine Whether You Should Implement A New Infection Control Product

Infection control is an important part of any hospital due to the vulnerability that patients have toward infectious diseases. As a result, you will need to determine which medical control products you need to implement.

How to Research a Medical Control Product

When implementing an infection control medical product, you will need to understand the practices and guidelines for infection prevention. Then, you will need to determine the standards that need to be met for how the product should be designed and its performance. To determine if the product will meet your needs, you will need to examine the data that has been published.

Infection Prevention Guidelines

You will need to understand how infections are typically spread in your medical facility. You will need to know where germs are located and how they end up in an individual's body. One of the most common sources of infection is a patient or staff member who becomes infected outside the clinic and brings the infection into the clinic.

Sources of Infections

However, other sources of infection can include a used medical device such as an IV line, a biofilm, a water leak, or even a product that is shipped to your facility and still has pathogens on it.

The Trial Period for Your Infection Control Product

Once you have decided to purchase the medical control product, you will then need to undergo a trial period to determine if the product performs well within your own healthcare setting and whether the staff who use the product will find it to be acceptable. 

Consequences of Not Following Infection Control Principles

If you do not take every measure possible to prevent infections, you will compromise the safety of your employees and you may receive an accreditation citation. Your reimbursement might be withheld. You will also waste time, money, and resources.

You will not only need to find infection control methods that will be very effective but also infection control methods that will be cost-effective for your clinic. You will need to calculate how many infection events would occur with the infection control product vs without it. 

Then, you will need to calculate the cost of the current infection control product vs. the new one you wish to implement. Finally, you must calculate the cost of each infection event. After following this formula, if the infection control product reduces your costs, it makes more sense to implement it.