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Impact of Infection Prevention and Control Initiatives on Acute Respiratory Infections in a Pediatric Long-Term Care Facility

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  07 April 2016

Meghan T. Murray*
Affiliation:
Columbia University School of Nursing, New York, New York Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center, Yonkers, New York
Olivia Jackson
Affiliation:
Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center, Yonkers, New York
Bevin Cohen
Affiliation:
Columbia University School of Nursing, New York, New York
Gordon Hutcheon
Affiliation:
Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center, Yonkers, New York Department of Pediatrics, New York Medical College, Valhalla, New York
Lisa Saiman
Affiliation:
Department of Pediatrics, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, New York Department of Infection Prevention and Control, NewYork Presbyterian Hospital, New York, New York
Elaine Larson
Affiliation:
Columbia University School of Nursing, New York, New York
Natalie Neu
Affiliation:
Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center, Yonkers, New York Department of Pediatrics, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, New York
*
Address correspondence to Meghan T. Murray, MPH, 617 West 168th Street, Room 355, New York, NY 10032 (mtm2164@cumc.columbia.edu).

Abstract

We evaluated the collective impact of several infection prevention and control initiatives aimed at reducing acute respiratory infections (ARIs) in a pediatric long-term care facility. ARIs did not decrease overall, though the proportion of infections associated with outbreaks and average number of cases per outbreak decreased. Influenza rates decreased significantly.

Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2016;37:859–862

Type
Concise Communications
Copyright
© 2016 by The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America. All rights reserved 

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