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Infection control is now one of the Department of Health’s top 3 priorities for the NHS today. Adequate and regular infection control risk assessment must take place to ensure effective systems are in place to tackle hospital acquired infection, minimising the risk to patients and staff.
Practitioners that conduct prevalence or surveillance studies will know to never underestimate the time taken to design a survey form, distribute it, collect data and produce the required analytical reports. Reducing this time cycle from weeks to days delivers immediate benefits; NHS organisations receive valuable clinical information sooner, are empowered to act more quickly on it and, as a consequence, become more proficient at managing Hospital Acquired Infections (HAI).
Ascot Business Solutions' software "Formic Fusion" is used by leading clinical teams and bodies in the UK and internationally and is their tool of choice for gathering data on the extent, spread and management of Hospital Acquired Infections. The software comprises three modules that reduce the time spent at each stage of the survey process:
I. Survey Design
With Fusion, practitioners can create professional-looking surveys in no time; objects such as tick box groups are selected from a library and simply dropped into position on the page.
II. Data Collection
Fusion software automatically scans and reads hand-written responses up to 50 times faster than human operators can key. It checks for missing information, validates each piece of data and highlights any unrecognised characters for verification. Data is fed straight to the project database for analysis.
III. Analysis & Reporting
Fusion presents the cleansed survey data in grid format for statistical manipulation and analysis including graphs and charts. Collected data can be readily exchanged with, for example, Patient Administration Systems (PAS), Microbiology or Laboratory Information Systems (LIMS) and Infection Control Management (ICM) systems such as ICNet or simply exported to Microsoft Access, Excel or SPSS for rigorous statistical analysis.
Forward-thinking NHS organisations have recognised the value of collecting information electronically, at the front line. It removes the need for paper, printers, scanners and consumables such as ink cartridges associated with paper forms processing and ensures accuracy of data at the point of collection.
Fusion software enables any form design to be deployed to tablet PCs, handheld devices such as PDAs and the web in addition to paper. This “design once, deploy many” capability means that data can be collected by the most convenient method and processed simultaneously from all sources; which is invaluable when transitioning from paper to electronic forms, for example.