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Comprehensive Program Focused on Culture Change, Education and Training, and Solicitation of Employee Ideas Significantly Reduces Incidence of Common Hospital-Acquired Infection 4/9/2014
The Billings Clinic, an integrated health system in Billings, MT, addressed its rising rate of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infections by making infection control a top institutional priority and by creating a comprehensive package that combines adoption and monitoring of strict infection control protocols, active surveillance, training and education, and the solicitation and implementation of employee ideas through an approach known as “positive deviance.” This term refers to the focus on uncommon strategies that lead to positive changes and results.
Hospital-Based Program Protects Newborns by Providing Pertussis Vaccinations to Medically Underserved Hispanic Mothers and Caregivers 4/9/2014
Hospital-based program increases use of pertussis vaccinations for mothers who have just given birth and others who will be in regular contact with the infant at home (and who therefore represent a potential source of infection to the infant).
Policy New York State Legislation Leads to More HIV Testing and Linking of HIV-Positive Patients to Followup Care 4/9/2014
A New York State law requires hospitals and primary care providers to offer an HIV test to all patients between the ages of 13 and 64 years, streamlines the consent process, and requires providers to schedule patients with positive results for followup care; the law increased testing rates and helped link HIV-positive patients to care.
Routine Cultures, Real-Time Alerts, and Immediate Precautions Reduce Intensive Care Unit MRSA Infections 4/9/2014
Nurses at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Presbyterian Hospital routinely monitor all patients admitted to intensive care units for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus colonization from admission to discharge.
Policy State-Mandated Tracking and Public Reporting Reduce Incidence and Costs of Common Hospital-Acquired Infections 4/9/2014
As required by law, hospitals in New York track and report information on select hospital-acquired infections to the State Department of Health, which publicly releases hospital-specific performance data and supports hospitals with quality improvement initiatives; the program has reduced infection rates and generated substantial cost savings.
QualityTools
Central Line Procedural Checklist 3/12/2014
This tool is used to document activities that are considered standard work before, during, and after a central line procedure.
Checklist of Hand Hygiene Interventions 3/12/2014
This checklist offers interventions to increase overall compliance with hand hygiene guidelines in a health care setting.
Excel Spreadsheet for Computing Grams of Alcohol Product Used per 100 Patient Days 3/12/2014
This spreadsheet can be used to calculate the use of hand-sterilizing alcohol per 100 patient days by combining the use of wall-mounted and pocket-sized alcohol-based hand rubs.
Excel Spreadsheet for Computing Grams of Alcohol Product Used per 1000 Patient Days 3/12/2014
This Microsoft® Excel spreadsheet can be used to calculate the use of hand-sterilizing alcohol per 1000 patient days as a means to evaluate and improve hand hygiene practices.
Long-Term Care and Other Residential Facilities Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist 3/12/2014
Long-term care and other residential facilities can use this tool to self-assess the strengths and weaknesses of their pandemic influenza planning efforts.

Last updated: April 09, 2014.