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Process surveillance: Auditing infection control policies and procedures

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      Abstract

      The infection control team in a university hospital designed, implemented, and evaluated a program to audit infection control policies. Process surveillance techniques of observation and monitoring were used during surveys of patient care areas to evaluate infection control practices. Nineteen unit surveys have been completed in a 2-year period. Analysis of the program has demonstrated it to be an effective method to determine compliance with infection control policies.
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