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[The Importance of Hospital Hygiene: Findings of a German Nationwide Survey].

[The Importance of Hospital Hygiene: Findings of a German Nationwide Survey].
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Haking D,


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Gesundheitswesen (Bundesverband der Arzte des Offentlichen Gesundheitsdienstes (Germany)) 2017 02 08() doi 10.1055/s-0042-121604
Abstract

The German legislature reacted to the increasing number of nosocomial infections with a set of laws to strengthen hospital hygiene. The aim of the study is to measure the current and future importance of hospital hygiene in Germany. CEOs and hygiene staff from German hospitals took part in a survey on 13 items regarding the current and future importance of hospital hygiene. Statistical analyses were conducted to identify significances regarding the professional groups. The results of the study show that hospital hygiene is currently of high importance and will be rising in the future. Hospital hygiene has a high economic impact, especially as a competitive factor. The patients’ fear to suffer from a nosocomial infection, especially caused by multi-resistant bacteria, is countered with intensive educational work. The results demonstrate that the legislators’ efforts are taken note of in German hospitals and the future strategic impact of hospital hygiene in a pay-for-performance reimbursement system has become clear.

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