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State-Mandated Tracking and Public Reporting Reduce Incidence and Costs of Common Hospital-Acquired Infections 07/23/12

The New York legislature passed a law in 2005 requiring hospitals in New York to track and regularly report infection rates for select types of hospital-acquired infections to the State Department...

Nurse–Physician Infection Prevention Teams Conduct Rounds and Provide Support to Frontline Clinicians, Leading to Fewer Health Care-Associated Infections 04/28/11

At the University of Maryland Medical Center, three physician–nurse infection prevention teams round on hospital units at least weekly. Assigned to designated units to allow for development of...

Concurrent and Retrospective Chart Review, Performance Reporting, and Other Support Significantly Improve Adherence to Core Measures in Four Clinical Areas 10/27/09

St. Mary's Health Center implemented a program to increase adherence to 24 process-of-care measures developed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (also known as “core measures”) in...

Six-Sigma Inspired Workflow Redesign Leads to Better Adherence to Evidence-Based Protocols and Fewer Infections for Surgery Patients 06/03/08

To reduce surgical site infections, Decatur Memorial Hospital used Six-Sigma techniques to review and standardize workflow processes for surgical patients throughout their hospital stay. These...

Process Improvements Based on Lean Principles Reduce Operating Room Foot Traffic, Leading to Reduced Risk of Infection and Enhanced Staff Productivity and Satisfaction 02/20/08

Exempla Lutheran Medical Center used Lean principles adopted from the Toyota Production System to reduce foot traffic into and out of the surgical suite, chiefly by improving equipment and supply...

QualityTools

Safe Surgery 2015 Toolkit 09/18/14

This toolkit is part of the World Health Organization Safe Surgery 2015 Initiative, which is using the Surgical Safety Checklist Program to help hospitals reduce surgical infections, major complications, and related deaths. The goal is to...

Health Care–Associated Infections: Prevention Toolkits 09/26/11

These toolkits were designed to reduce health care–associated infections (HAIs) that patients acquire during the course of receiving treatment for other conditions within a health care setting. The toolkits provide information on improvements in...

A Compendium of Strategies to Prevent Health Care-Associated Infections in Acute Care Hospitals 12/07/09

The Compendium is a set of strategies designed for acute care hospitals to prevent six of the most common health care–associated infections: Clostridium difficile, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, central line-...

Preventing Infections in the Hospital - What You Can Do: A Consumer Fact Sheet 12/17/07

This fact sheet offers tips to help protect patients from infections in the hospital.

Tips on this fact sheet are divided into the following categories:

  • Planning ahead for surgery
  • While in the hospital following...
Essentials of Public Reporting of Health Care-Associated Infections: A Toolkit 11/29/07

This toolkit was created to assist States and health care facilities facing legislative mandates to publicly report health care-associated infections by providing guidance on components necessary for a meaningful reporting system. It details...

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