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Table 4 Results on frequency, didactic methods and evaluation from Core Component 3 of the IPCAF: Infection Prevention and Control Education and Training. Results from 65 participating Austrian acute care hospitals

From: Evaluating infection prevention and control programs in Austrian acute care hospitals using the WHO Infection Prevention and Control Assessment Framework

TopicAnswerNumber (%)
Frequency of IPC training for frontline HCWNever or rarely0 (0)
Only for new employees6 (9.2)
For new employees, and at least annually for all HCW, but not mandatory43 (66.2)
For new employees, and at least annually mandatory training for all HCW16 (24.6)
Frequency of IPC training for cleaners and other non-HCW personnel involved in patient careNever or rarely2 (3.1)
Only for new employees9 (13.8)
For new employees, and at least annually for all HCW, but not mandatory26 (40)
For new employees, and at least annually mandatory training for all HCW28 (43.1)
IPC training for administrative and managerial staffNot established32 (49.2)
Established33 (50.8)
Methods of IPC training for HCW and other staffNo training available0 (0)
Only in written and/or oral and/or online form40 (61.5)
Interactive training (e.g. bedside teaching)25 (38.5)
Integration of IPC training into education of other medical disciplinesNot established23 (35.4)
Established, but not in all disciplines29 (44.6)
Established, in all disciplines13 (20)
Frequency of evaluation of the effectiveness of IPC training programsNever21 (32.3)
Irregular evaluation23 (35.4)
Regular evaluation21 (32.3)
  1. Abbreviations: HCW Healthcare worker(s); IPC Infection prevention and control; IPCAF Infection Prevention and Control Assessment Framework