Reducing Hospital-Acquired Infections
Reducing Hospital-Acquired Infections Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Nearly 1.7 million hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) occur annually, leading to approximately 99,000 deaths every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). (Adobe Reader is required to view or print the PDF. Download a free copy here.) Recent efforts have demonstrated that infections can be controlled and significantly reduced through relatively simple measures.
The featured Innovations describe three programs that have reduced HAIs by implementing infection control measures ranging from weekly rounds to a set of common protocols and practices.
The featured QualityTools describe two toolkits designed to assist health care professionals in implementing infection control measures in hospitals.
- Electronic Isolation Flags and Weekly Rounds by Infection Control Staff Improve Adherence to Contact Precautions
- Nurse–Physician Infection Prevention Teams Conduct Rounds and Provide Support to Frontline Clinicians, Leading to Fewer Health Care-Associated Infections
- Protocols, Task Specialization, and Case Reviews Virtually Eliminate Catheter-Related Bloodstream Infections in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Also in This Issue:
- Comprehensive Program Focused on Culture Change, Education and Training, and Solicitation of Employee Ideas Significantly Reduces Incidence of Common Hospital-Acquired Infection
- Strict Adherence to System-Wide Standards and Protocols Significantly Reduces Infections Associated With Central Venous Catheters
- Educational Materials Enhance the Ability of New Parents To Understand and Cope With Infant Crying