Preventing and Reducing Healthcare-Associated Infections

A 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. To help slow the global threat of antibiotic resistance, we are assisting outpatient healthcare providers and nursing homes develop or strengthen antibiotic stewardship programs.

Hospital Innovation and Improvement Networks (HIINs), including hospital associations and hospital systems, will continue to work with hospitals to help them reduce healthcare-acquired infections.

For more information on our efforts, visit the Great Plains QIN Antibiotic Stewardship page.

Improving Infection Rates in Nursing Homes

Great Plains QIN is partnering with nursing homes across the region to prepare them for future quality reporting requirements, improve infection control practices and improve resident outcomes. Participating nursing homes are using the NHSN (National Healthcare Safety Network) to track CDI (Clostridium dificile) rates as well as receiving tools, resources and education for infection prevention, control and communication.

For more information, visit the Great Plains QIN Nursing Home Care page.

Improving Infection Rates in Home Health Agencies

Great Plains Quality Innovation Network was 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. The number of infections is estimated as high as 1.2 million per year, with the predominant risk factor being the presence of a medical device (i.e., catheter). In addition, 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.

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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
Sep 19 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Register Now Sepsis is a complication caused by the body’s overwhelming and life-threatening response to infection. It can lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and death. Sepsis is difficult to diagnose. It happens quickly and[...]
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[...]
Feb 21 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  Home health agencies will learn how to utilize data sources to identify causes of acute care hospitalization and emergency room utilization as well as process improvement areas to reduce infections related to hospitalization and[...]
Reducing HAI Contacts
Nadyne HagmeierRNQuality Improvement
Jackie TrojanRN, BSNQuality Improvement
Jean RolandRN, BSN, CPHQQuality Improvement SpecialistNorth
Nancy McDonaldRN, BSN, CPHQProgram ManagerSouth

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