Infection prevention and control

To ensure patient and employee safety, compliance with dress code and proper laundry handling are very important measures to prevent the spread of micro-organisms.

130 clinics from nine countries participated in the QualiCura survey and completed 1,293 real-time dress code observations. This was the first time real-time observations were conducted throughout AniCura.

Ten employees per clinic in patient-related work were observed according to the following five parameters:

DOES THE PERSON:

  1. Wear short-sleeved upper-part?
  2. Wear covered shoes that are only used inside the clinic?
  3. Have long hair and/or beard put in a tail?
  4. Have no nail polish/fake nails?
  5. Have hands and wrists free from watches and jewelry?

The results showed that AniCura has >85% compliance to each of the five observed parameters. Full compliance to all parameters, were only observed in 22% of the observations.

GENERAL RESULTS IN BRIEF:

  • 74% of the clinics have an infection control practitioner in the clinic, who coordinates the local infection control work.
  • 83% of the clinics have documented infection control routines in place.
  • 68% have written routines for how to handle and wash work wear.
  • Almost 30%, have replied that they wash whole or part of the work wear at home, which is not recommended.To protect employees and avoid the spread of infection, no work wear should be washed at home. Washing at home occurs in all AniCura countries who participated in the survey, except for Sweden, and is most common in Denmark.
  • 84% of clinics, employees change work wear daily or more often if soiled.