Infection Prevention Spotlight
About This Show
Show Info: Each year 1.7 million Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs) occur; 99,000 deaths occur due to HAIs, and HAIs cost $20 billion in healthcare costs. Why is this important? -- 70 percent of all the HAIs are PREVENTABLE! Infection Prevent Spotlight was created by an Infection Preventionist (IP) who is Certified in Infection Control (CIC) for other IPs and for anyone and everyone who is responsible for keeping patients safe from harm. It is hard to be and IP and be responsible for reducing HAIs (CLABSIs, CAUTIs, SSIs, MDROs (C.diff, MRSA, VRE, CRE)), HAI harm and deaths, and the financial cost to your facility as it applies to Medicare reimbursement and public reporting. I know it is hard, I’m and IP and this podcast is a safe place to talk about the challenges, understand the emerging issues, hear about new best practices, current research, and to support each other, your fellow IP, in our journey to zero Harm. Infection Prevention and Control spans multiple areas: hospitals; skilled nursing facilities; outpatient surgery centers; dialysis centers; ambulance companies / emergency management; schools; and even our homes. My hope is that Infection Prevention Spotlight will provide you with the motivation, knowledge, and quick tips to take back to your team, facility, for your own journey where ever it may be and prevent HAIs by engaging, communicating, leading, demonstrating, reviewing, and teaching about: hand hygiene (HH) |hand washing; indwelling catheters; central venous catheters; surgical procedures; isolation procedures / isolation precautions (Contact, Droplet, Airborne); Standard precautions; hospital leadership, IP systems and staff training; personal protective equipment; environmental services; linen / laundry; Reprocessing of non-critical equipment, semi-critical equipment (high-level disinfection), reusable critical equipment/instruments/devices (sterilization); ventilator / respiratory therapy; environmental disinfection / cleaning; antibiotic stewardship; performance improvement; and Survey readiness. We are stronger together, let’s make it to zero and save lives.