Infection Control Practices among Interventional Radiologists: Results of an Online Survey

Pavani Reddy*, David Liebovitz, Howard Chrisman, Albert A. Nemcek, Gary A. Noskin

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Purpose: To assess current infection control practices of interventional radiologists (IRs) in the context of recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Materials and Methods: From November 2006 to January 2007, members of the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) were invited to participate in an anonymous, online infection control questionnaire. Results: A total of 3,019 SIR members in the United States were contacted via e-mail, and 1,061 (35%) completed the 57-item survey. Of the respondents, 283 (25%) experienced a needlestick injury within the previous year, most often as a result of operator error (76%). Less than 65% reported compliance with annual tuberculosis skin testing; notably, those who received a yearly reminder were much more likely to receive annual testing than those who did not (odds ratio, 19.0; 95% CI, 12.6-28.7; P < .05). During central venous catheter placement, only 56% wore gowns, 50% wore caps, and 54% used full barrier precautions. Only 19% reported routine hand washing between glove applications. More than 40% noted a change in infection control practices within the previous 5 years, citing new hospital guidelines and recommendations by a professional organization as the reasons for change. Only 44% had infection control training at the onset of their practice. Conclusions: IRs demonstrate a wide variety of infection control practices that are not in accordance with current guidelines. IRs were most likely to change infection control practice if required to do so by their own hospitals or a professional organization. SIR can play an important role in the prevention of health care-associated infection by reinforcing current infection control guidelines as they pertain to interventional radiology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1070-1074.e5
JournalJournal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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