Healthcare Purchasing News is putting together their annual compilation of your facilities' infection prevention success stories. They will appear in our April 2014 issue. Think in terms of a short abstract that includes your stories, background, methods, and results.
- Provide a brief description of your facility (eg, ABC Hospital is a 50-bed facility serving rural northeastern Tennessee and southeastern Kentucky with an average of 80 inpatient surgeries per year) and the population it serves (eg, immunocompromised, pediatric, oncological, etc).
- What specific infection was your facility aiming to reduce or eliminate, and why was it chosen for the focus of the campaign?
- When did your facility start─and end─this campaign to reduce or eliminate this specific infection?
- What was the rate of this infection before your facility began their campaign to reduce or eliminate it?
- What is the rate of infection currently, or at the end of the study?
- Has the facility been able to sustain the reduced rate of infection?
- Describe specific steps your facility took to reduce or eliminate this infection.
- If a product(s) was part of the solution, identify it and explain how it contributed to reduction/elimination of this specific infection.
- What department(s) was involved in formation and implementation of this campaign? Was teamwork involved?
- Did those charged with the task meet with any resistance by administration or staff in implementing the changes? If so, how did they overcome it?
Please include how you quantified your successes with numbers and percentages, monetary savings, time savings, and/or patient safety enhancement figures.
Submit by February 1, 2014. Send your stories or questions to email@example.com.