Infection Prevention Assistance and Approaches

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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.

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Initiative Documents
Healthcare-Associated Infection (HAI) Online Resources - Manuals, Guidelines, Surveillance Guides, Checklists, Algorithms,
Staff Education, Patient Education and Protocols
ToolGPQIN HAI Online Resource GuideGPQIN
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. ToolCMS Hospital Infection Control WorksheetCMS
CMS Ambulatory Surgical Care Infection Control WorksheetToolsCMS Ambulatory Surgical Care Infection Control WorksheetCMS
Initiative Links
Centers for Disease Control and PreventionCDC's Safe Healthcare Blog
Infection Prevention Infection Prevention and You
ResourcesCDC Get Smart Programs
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Safe Injection Practices Coalition One and Only Campaign
Apr 28 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Start WebEx Playback Presentation Handout   Overview and Purpose: With the re-baseline of the NHSN health care infections data, proper use of TAP reports is essential for identifying high-impact change areas. In addition, ensuring  correct mapping[...]
Oct 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm WebEx
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Apr 5 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
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Mar 31 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm Embassy Suites Hotel & Conference Center
  March 31 Agenda – Its All About the Cs Overview and Purpose: The purpose of the program is to share strategies for healthcare associated infection reduction, prevention and sustaining a quality improvement program over[...]
Feb 11 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm WebEx
Great Plains Quality Innovation Network CAUTI Collaborative Hot Topic Call Join your colleagues from across Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota. This WebEx will spotlight how a Kansas hospital dramatically reduced their urinary catheter[...]
Feb 10 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm WebEx
Start WebEx Playback   The ability to develop, test and implement change is essential for any individual, group or organization that wants to improve.  One way to implement change is to utilize the Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA)[...]
Jan 14 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Start WebEx Playback   Download Presentation Handouts Objectives: Review updates and best practices for SSI prevention from various guidelines Highlight practical recommendations from SHEA Compendium of Strategies to guide acute care hospitals in implementing and[...]
Dec 1 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
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Nov 19 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
  Start WebEx Playback   Webinar Objectives This webinar will be a discussion on strategies to engage community-based programs to support advance care planning. Learn about the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s (IHI) The Conversation Project[...]
Oct 28 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
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Sep 29 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm WebEx
Start WebEx Playback Purpose: To review the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program. Learn how to read your Hospital Specific Reports and make sense of them for your facility. There will also be time for an open[...]
Sep 10 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Sepsis Handout/Presentation – Dr. Simpson Start WebEx Playback   Overview Sepsis happens, in hospitals, nursing homes and other settings. Understanding the fundamental principles of recognizing and treating sepsis is equally important across the continuum of[...]
Aug 13 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm WebEx
Start WebEx Playback WebEx Overview: The purpose of the presentation was to familiarize participants with the TeamSTEPPS program and some of the tools used to improve teamwork and communication. Objectives: Upon completion of this program,[...]
Jul 29 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Start WebEx Playback   Overview To explain the results of your individualized TAP report based on your CAUTI TAP Survey Assessment. Please have your facilities’ CAUTI TAP report available during the program. (If you do[...]
Jun 10 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm WebEx
Please Note: All events are listed in Central Standard Time   Presentation Handout:  NCC VAE C. Gross 062015 Join the Quality Innovation Network National Coordinating Center (QIN NCC) as we host Centers for Disease Control[...]
Apr 8 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Start WebEx Playback Meeting Agenda 2015-04-08 NDSD HAI LAN 2015-04-08 Monthly meeting of the North Dakota/South Dakota Healthcare-Associated Infections Learning and Action Network held April 8, 2015.  Discussion on conferring rights within NHSN, reporting plans,[...]
Mar 13 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am Webex
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Feb 11 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Start WebEx Playback   Included below are the agenda and presentation slides for the February 11, 2015 Healthcare Associated Infection Prevention Learning and Action Network. SD HAI LAN February 2015 Meeting Agenda SD HAI LAN[...]
Jan 8 @ 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm WebEx
Start WebEx Playback   Download Presentation Slides Learn from a Collaborative in Kentucky With Clostridium Difficile Infections (CDI) nursing home onset costing in excess of $2.2 billion and causing approximately 16,500 deaths annually, it’s no[...]
Nov 13 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
  Featuring Pam Dardess, PHP ~ Hosted by HealthInsight, the QIN-QIO for Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon and Utah. In partnership with the QIN-QIOs for Alaska, Colorado, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North[...]
Reducing HAI Contacts
Nadyne HagmeierRNQuality Improvement ManagerKansasNadyne.Hagmeier@area-a.hcqis.org
Jackie TrojanRN, BSNQuality Improvement AdvisorNebraskaJackie.Trojan@area-a.hcqis.org
Jean RolandRN, BSN, CPHQQuality Improvement SpecialistNorth DakotaJean.Roland@area-a.hcqis.org
Nancy McDonaldRN, BSN, CPHQProgram ManagerSouth DakotaNancy.McDonald@area-a.hcqis.org

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