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Making Nurses Frontline Advocates for Hand Hygiene

Posted on 08/11/16 | Comments

Staying one step ahead of serious public health threats like antibiotic-resistant bacteria and other healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) often appears to be a high-tech problem. But a big part of defeating these types of threats consists of managing the human element.

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Topics: Infection Prevention

The Role of Superbugs in Hospital-Acquired Infections

Posted on 07/28/16 | Comments

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published their latest report on the status of hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) in March 2016. This HAI Progress Report1 includes national and individual state summaries of six types of HAIs based on 2014 data.

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Topics: Infection Prevention

Electronic-Assisted Surveillance Following Hospital Construction Improved Patient Safety

Posted on 07/20/16 | Comments

Construction, renovation, and other environmental disturbances within the healthcare environment provide an increased risk for respiratory healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). Routine monitoring of the environment during construction, such as air handling pressure and ceiling maintenance can be helpful in preventing exposures to infection sources.

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Topics: Infection Prevention

Algorithmic Detection of Infections Within Sentri7

Posted on 07/13/16 | Comments

Sentri7 is committed to streamlining the workflow of infection preventionists to minimize time spent on documenting and reporting events to NHSN, and maximize their time preventing infections. We are introducing algorithmic detection to Sentri7, beginning with automating the LabID identification and reporting workflow.

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Topics: Infection Prevention

Examining the Prevalence of Bloodstream Infections Due to MDROs

Posted on 07/07/16 | Comments

There is a paucity of data regarding the incidence of MDROs in bloodstream infections (BSIs) among spinal-cord injury (SCI) patients. People with SCI have an increased risk of infection and BSIs are more common in this population than non-SCI patients. They are frequently colonized with MDROS, which may be due to the large amounts of antibiotics they receive, as well as their prolonged hospitalizations.

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Topics: Infection Prevention

How to Improve Patient Outcomes through Harnessing Big Data

Posted on 06/09/16 | Comments

Infection preventionists (IPs) collect a large amount of data from the electronic medical record, laboratory, and radiology. But collecting data is just the beginning. It has to be sorted, reviewed, analyzed, reported, and stored. Some basic data processing programs (like Excel), can help you sort and review this information but it cannot help on the front end - the IP has to enter data culled from another source. The National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) system can store, retrieve, and analyze your data but cannot help sort through the volumes of information to help the IP determine whether a patient has a healthcare-associated infection (HAI).

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Topics: Infection Prevention

APIC 2016 Conference Preview

Posted on 06/08/16 | Comments

For 43 years, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control (APIC) has hosted its yearly conference to allow infection control professionals to share their experiences, methods, and solutions for handling infection control. The 2016 show will feature more than 60 sessions and a full exhibition hall of tools to help optimize infection prevention programs.

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Topics: Infection Prevention

Webinar Preview: Disaster Preparedness and Emerging Infectious Diseases

Posted on 06/02/16 | Comments

Disasters due to infectious disease can have a major impact on public health. Regardless of whether the disaster is due to a naturally occurring incident or an international act of bioterrorism.1 Infection preventionists play an important role in implementing protocol and procedures to keep the public safe from harm.

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Topics: Infection Prevention

758 Hospitals Penalized for Hospital-Acquired Conditions Performance

Posted on 05/26/16 | Comments

In October 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) began to reduce Medicare payments for hospitals that rank in the worst performing quartile with respect to hospital-acquired conditions (HACs).1 For the FY 2016 HAC Reduction Program, the worst performing quartile (HAC score greater than 6.7500) is identified by calculating a Total HAC score based on the hospital’s performance on 4 quality measures:

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Topics: Infection Prevention

The Power of Actionable Intelligence In Infection Prevention

Posted on 05/11/16 | Comments

Actionable intelligence is “information that can be acted upon, with the further implication that actions should be taken”1 and is often spoken of in terms of large amounts of data that can be used to enhance performance. Within healthcare, an electronic surveillance system (ESS) can be utilized to provide actionable intelligence that can enhance your infection prevention program through the use of clinical decision support (CDS). ESS will analyze data so that you can see trends and emerging issues. Pseudomonas in your ICO? C.difficle on your med/surg floor? Have that feeling you are seeing more invasive E.coli?

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Topics: Infection Prevention