The Prevention of Hospital Infections by Intervention & Training (PROHIBIT) is a project funded by the European Commission and based on a consortium of European institutions coordinated by the University of Geneva, Switzerland (Infection Control Programme and WHO Collaborating Centre on Patient Safety). WHO HQ participated in designing the project and is coordinating the dissemination of the PROHIBIT findings to the broad range of networks and international audiences within its reach.
PROHIBIT was rolled out from 1 January 2010 to 30 June 2014. Its main objectives have been to understand the variations of HAI prevention in Europe and to test the success of a strategy to prevent catheter-related bloodstream infections (CRBSI).
The project’s approach combines the strengths of qualitative research, survey methods, and observational and experimental intervention studies.
Among its main outcomes, the PROHIBIT team:
- Carried out a review and a survey on infection control guidelines and programmes in European countries
- Evaluated what infection control activities (organization, surveillance and/or prevention) are established by European hospitals and investigated facilitators and barriers to compliance with best practice