Infection Prevention

Embracing the evolution

We’re entering a new era in infection prevention: prioritizing preventive protocols and technology-led innovation that will challenge health care organizations in the years ahead.

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Few areas of health care were as highly impacted by COVID-19 as infection prevention and its protocols. As the dust settles on 2020, the priority of infection prevention endures whilst health care leaders prepare for the next attack. 


To thrive, leaders must direct more staff time to clinical data management or find innovative methods to meet their growing demands.

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Device Associated Surveillance (Review and Validation)

  • CAUTI: Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection
  • VAC: Ventilator-Associated Condition
  • VAC Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia
  • CLABSI: Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections

National Healthcare Safety Network Reportable Events (Review and Validation)

  •  CLABSI: Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection
  • CAUTI: Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection
  • VAE: Ventilator-Associated Events

LabID:

  • Clostridium difficile infection
  • MRSA bacteremia
  • MDROs

Surveillance Project: Specific Infection Prevention Solution

NYS Sepsis: New York State Stop Sepsis Collaborative Facility based, custom surveillance projects

Procedure Associated Surveillance (Review and Validation)

SSI: Surgical Site Infection SSI Denominator: Surgical Site Infection Denominator

Case Study: Baptist Hospital drastically reduced infection rates, saving more than $1.2 Million

Baptist Hospital wanted to implement new patient safety programs to reduce the number of HAIs. However, their clinical teams were too consumed by the required abstraction workload to engage in improvement initiatives.

Solution:
Partnering with Q-Centrix on infection screenings:

  •  Freed over 20 hours per month for the Baptist Hospital team
  • Saved over $1.2 million in penalties and costs.

Keeping Pace with Change

About 40 years ago, the CDC conducted its Study on the Efficacy of Nosocomial Infection Control project. SENIC found that hospitals reduced their nosocomial infection rates by approximately 32% if their infection surveillance and control program included four components, including at least one full-time infection control practitioner per 250 beds. Two decades later, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America updated and expanded recommendations for effective infection prevention and control programs that emphasized the importance of having sufficient resources.

As their responsibilities expand into new areas, infection preventionists must make certain their facilities are prepared to identify and respond to new viruses such as COVID-19, Ebola and Zika. 

But while the IP profession continues to evolve, many hospitals have not kept pace with the need for appropriate staffing and resources.

How we work

Data is input into the Q-Centrix Infection Prevention software

Experts review the data for indication of an HAI using the NSHN protocol

HAIs are reported to the partner and regulatory agencies

Experts analyze the reports to identify insights for process improvement

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