Infection prevention and control measures in practices of the Swiss sentinel network during seasonal influenza epidemics.

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Type
Article: article from journal or magazin.
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Publications
Institution
Title
Infection prevention and control measures in practices of the Swiss sentinel network during seasonal influenza epidemics.
Journal
The Journal of hospital infection
Author(s)
Peytremann A., Senn N., Mueller Y.
ISSN
1532-2939 (Electronic)
ISSN-L
0195-6701
Publication state
Published
Issued date
12/2020
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
106
Number
4
Pages
786-792
Language
english
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Publication types: Journal Article
Publication Status: ppublish
Abstract
There are limited data on the transmission of influenza in the context of primary care practices, despite the fact that a significant proportion of the population consult their primary care physician for an influenza-like illness every year.
To describe the use of influenza prevention and control methods in private practices of the Swiss sentinel network.
This online cross-sectional survey collected data about infection prevention and control measures in the 166 private practices of the Swiss sentinel surveillance network during the 2018-2019 influenza season. Questions pertained to the practice setting, infection prevention and control recommendations, influenza vaccination status of the physicians and their staff, adhesion to hand hygiene, and mask wearing.
Among the 122 practices that answered (response rate 73.5%), 90.2% of the responding physicians had been vaccinated themselves, and 46.7% (56/120) estimated that their staff vaccination coverage was >60%, although it was offered to employees in all practices. Most practices (N=68, 55.7%) had no specific recommendations for their staff concerning mask wearing. Most physicians reported washing or disinfecting their hands before examining a patient (N=91, 74.6%), after examination (N=110, 90.2%) and before a medical procedure (N=112, 91.8%). However, this rate was lower for arrival at the practice (N=78, 63.9%) and leaving the practice (N=83, 68.0%).
Most physicians in the Swiss sentinel surveillance network have been vaccinated themselves. However, the vaccination rates among their staff are low, despite vaccine availability. Hand hygiene measures were also suboptimal. These results warrant further efforts to implement infection prevention and control measures in the ambulatory setting.
Keywords
Influenza, Prevention and Infection Control Measures, Primary Care, Vaccination, Infection prevention and control measures, Primary care
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Web of science
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Yes
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