Infection Prevention Assistance and ApproachesA commitment to making care safer
Infection Prevention and Antibiotic Stewardship
Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs) are a threat to patient safety and a major cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States. Healthcare infection prevention has always been a focus of our prevention efforts. CMS recently changed the format and structure of how infection prevention efforts would be carried out in hospitals across the country.
As a result of this program change, CMS has asked Great Plains QIN and other QIN-QIOs to help slow the global threat of antibiotic resistance by helping outpatient healthcare providers develop or strengthen antibiotic stewardship programs. For more information on our efforts in this new line of work, visit our Antibiotic Stewardship page of our site.
Hospital Engagement Networks (HENs), including many hospital associations and hospital systems, are now called Hospital Improvement Innovation Networks (HIINs). HIINs will continue to work with hospitals by helping them to reduce healthcare-acquired infections. Great Plains QIN and other QIN-QIOs have begun to transition their work with hospitals to reduce HAIs to the HIINs.
We will continue to work with the HIINs in each of our states to foster a smooth transition and will offer resources and assistance, as a subcontractor, to these efforts.
For more information on the HIIN awards, including the 16 organizations that have been awarded HIIN contracts, visit the CMS Press Room.
New Contract Award: Improving Infection Rates in Home Health Agencies
Great Plains Quality Innovation Network was recently awarded special funding to work with home health agencies in our region to develop and test educational interventions to prevent and manage common infections in home health patients; such as respiratory, urinary tract and wounds.
A significant number of patients admitted to home health develop infections; estimates are as high as 1.2 million per year, with the predominant risk factor being the presence of a medical device (i.e., catheter). Additionally, 20 percent of home health patients require wound management¹. The reality is that few home health specific infection prevention and management tools and resources exist. With the expanded scope and intensity of home health services, infection prevention and control are more critical than ever.
This innovative work is a unique opportunity being piloted in our region. Participating agencies will work in tandem with Great Plains QIN to decrease home health acquired infections (respiratory, urinary tract and wounds) through improved access to infection prevention education, resources and information.
If successful, these infection prevention and management resources will be spread nationally via the Home Health Quality Improvement (HHQI) National Campaign.
|Healthcare-Associated Infection (HAI) Online Resources - Manuals, Guidelines, Surveillance Guides, Checklists, Algorithms,|
Staff Education, Patient Education and Protocols
|Tool||GPQIN HAI Online Resource Guide||GPQIN|
|This document is a list of items that must be assessed during the on-site survey, in order to determine compliance with the Infection Control Condition of Participation.||Tool||CMS Hospital Infection Control Worksheet||CMS|
|CMS Ambulatory Surgical Care Infection Control Worksheet||Tools||CMS Ambulatory Surgical Care Infection Control Worksheet||CMS|
|Centers for Disease Control and Prevention||CDC's Safe Healthcare Blog|
|Infection Prevention||Infection Prevention and You|
|Resources||CDC Get Smart Programs|
|Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Safe Injection Practices Coalition||One and Only Campaign|
|Nadyne Hagmeier||RN||Quality Improvement Manager||Kansas||Nadyne.Hagmeier@area-a.hcqis.org|
|Jackie Trojan||RN, BSN||Quality Improvement Advisor||Nebraska||Jackie.Trojan@area-a.hcqis.org|
|Jean Roland||RN, BSN, CPHQ||Quality Improvement Specialist||North Dakota||Jean.Roland@area-a.hcqis.org|
|Nancy McDonald||RN, BSN, CPHQ||Program Manager||South Dakota||Nancy.McDonald@area-a.hcqis.org|
Learning and Action Network
We invite you to join the Great Plains Learning and Action Network (LAN). All LAN partners will be invited to attend educational sessions on a variety of topics, have opportunities to learn from peers throughout the state and region and have access to an abundance of resources and tools. The LAN is a great opportunity to get connected and demonstrate your commitment to quality improvement.