Nosocomial infection

Innovations

Hospital-Affiliated Physician Group Offers Modest Performance-Based Incentives to Salaried Physicians, Leading to Sustained Improvement on Quality-Related Metrics 03/07/14

The Massachusetts General Physicians Organization Quality Incentive Program offers modest financial incentives to salaried physicians every 6 months based on their performance on three designated...

Daily Bathing With Antiseptic Agent Significantly Reduces Risk of Hospital-Acquired Infections in Intensive Care Unit Patients 12/18/13

Nurses and nurse aids in intensive care units bathe patients each day using washcloths impregnated with an antiseptic agent (chlorhexidine gluconate). This practice significantly reduced hospital-...

Performance Feedback, Ultraviolet Cleaning Device, and Dedicated Housekeeping Team Significantly Improve Room Cleaning, Reduce Potential for Spread of Common, Dangerous Infection 06/24/13

The Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center tested a multicomponent strategy to improve room cleaning processes, with the aim of reducing the spread of Clostridium difficile...

Statewide, All-Payer Financial Incentives Significantly Reduce Hospital-Acquired Conditions in Maryland Hospitals 02/28/13

An adaptation of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services payment policy related to hospital-acquired conditions, Maryland's Hospital-Acquired Conditions Program rewards and penalizes...

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...

QualityTools

Eliminating Health Care–Associated Infections: State Policy Options 05/29/13

The purpose of this toolkit is to provide guidance to senior policymakers on various promising ways to use legal and policy interventions as tools to implement comprehensive health care–associated infection (HAI) prevention programs. The guide...

Guide to the Elimination of Catheter-Related Bloodstream Infections 09/26/11

This guide, for use by infection preventionists and quality improvement teams, provides step-by-step guidance to facilitate the bedside implementation of relevant clinical evidence and best practices for eliminating catheter-related bloodstream...

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...

Partnering to Heal: Teaming up Against Health Care–Associated Infections 06/22/11

Partnering to Heal is a computer-based, video-simulation training program on infection control practices for clinicians, health professional students, and patient advocates. It highlights effective communication about infection control practices...

Joint Commission 2011 National Patient Safety Goals 12/27/10

The purpose of the Joint Commission’s National Patient Safety Goals (NPSGs) is to promote specific improvements in patient safety. The goals highlight problematic areas in health care and describe evidence- and expert-based solutions to these...

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