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Perspective from Kelly Cawcutt, MD, MS
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Alsuhaibani, et al. Impact of COVID-19 on volume of infection prevention and control calls, tertiary care center, Iowa, 2018-2020. Presented at: SHEA Spring Conference; April 13-16, 2021 (virtual meeting).

Disclosures: Healio could not confirm relevant financial disclosures at the time of publishing.
April 15, 2021
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Hospital infection control program sees 500% increase in calls during pandemic

Perspective from Kelly Cawcutt, MD, MS
Source:

Alsuhaibani, et al. Impact of COVID-19 on volume of infection prevention and control calls, tertiary care center, Iowa, 2018-2020. Presented at: SHEA Spring Conference; April 13-16, 2021 (virtual meeting).

Disclosures: Healio could not confirm relevant financial disclosures at the time of publishing.
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An Iowa hospital’s infection prevention and control program experienced a 500% increase in call volume last year — an under-evaluated impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers said at the SHEA Spring Conference.

Mohammed Alsuhaibani, MBBS, an infection prevention and control fellow at University of Iowa Health Care, and colleagues compared the volume of calls made to the 811-bed University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics’ hospital epidemiology program in 2018 and 2019 to calls made last year.

Source: Alsuhaibani, et al. Impact of COVID-19 on volume of infection prevention and control calls, Tertiary Care Center, Iowa 2018-2020. Presented at: SHEA Spring 2021 Conference; April 13-16, 2021 (virtual meeting).

They calculated the median call volume per month for each time period, and analyzed the source and topic for each call.

In all, 6,564 calls were included in the analysis. During the pre-COVID-19 period in 2018 and 2019, the program received a median of 71 calls per month, with a range between 50 and 119 depending on the month. The median call volume increased to 368 per month in 2020, with a range between 149 and 829 calls.

According to the researchers, during the pre-pandemic period, the most common topics of the calls were isolation and precautions (42%), outside institution requests (22%), environmental and construction inquiries (10%) and infection exposures (10%). The most common sources of the calls were inpatient units (50%), the department of public health (20%), laboratories (9%) and outpatient clinics (7%).

During 2020, the most common call topics were isolation and precautions (50%) and COVID-19 testing (20%). The most common call sources were inpatient units (57%), outpatient clinics (16%) and the department of public health (5%).