Preventing and Reducing Healthcare-Associated InfectionsA 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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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.