Hospital Infection Prevention (IP) is an increasingly important subdiscipline within
infectious diseases (ID). We developed and evaluated a 2-week IP training program
to allow ID fellows the opportunity to learn about IP. We aimed to educate on the
scope of IP work with a focus on the role of ID within IP.
A training program was developed covering the role of IP in preventing hospital acquired
infections focusing on 3 key areas: device related infections, outbreak exposures,
and the hospital physical environment. We utilized the National Healthcare Safety
Network (NHSN) patient safety component manual combined with practical experience
performing surveillance, rounding and case study reviews. The effectiveness and utility
of the program was evaluated with a pre- and post-training survey categorized on a
Likert response scale (not at all familiar=1, slightly familiar=2, somewhat familiar=3,
The mean scored survey responses showed that prior to the rotation fellows reported
slight familiarity with the scope of work of IP but had very little familiarity with
the IP team members. All fellows reported slight familiarity with NHSN defined device
related infections, the role of IP in outbreak investigations and their role in construction
projects. Fellows reported that prior to their IP rotation they would be only slightly
likely to contact the IP department for assistance or notification of a potential
infection risk. Following the rotation, fellows reported being extremely familiar
to all topics covered during the rotation. All fellows reported the rotation to be
The program was successful in improving the understanding of the scope of IP work.
Fellows understood their role in documentation when a primary source of infection
is suspected during central line bloodstream infection surveillance and the importance
of communication when a hospital acquired environmental infection is suspected. The
rotation has also fostered relationships between the departments.