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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Infection Prevention and Control Tools

  The basic elements of an infection prevention program are designed to prevent the spread of infection in healthcare settings. When these elements are present and practiced consistently, the risk…read more →

Toolkit to Promote Safe Surgery

AHRQ’s new Toolkit To Promote Safe Surgery helps hospitals reduce Surgical Site Infections (SSIs). Based on the experiences of frontline providers in approximately 200 hospitals that participated in a national…read more →

Get Ahead of Sepsis. Time Matters.

September is Sepsis Awareness Month On August 31, the CDC launched Get Ahead of Sepsis, an educational initiative that emphasizes the importance of sepsis early recognition and timely treatment, as…read more →

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Training Events
Sep 19 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Presentation Handout   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[...]
Apr 28 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
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 techniques is critical[...]
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 emergency[...]
Documents & Resources

External Resources 
CDC Get Smart Programs 
CDC's Safe Healthcare Blog 
CMS Ambulatory Surgical Care Infection Control Worksheet 
Infection Prevention and You 
One and Only Campaign

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Meet The Experts

Jackie Trojan

Jackie Trojan, RN, BSN, CPHQ

Quality Improvement Advisor
402-476-1399 x531

Nadyne Hadmeier

Nadyne Hagmeier, RN

Regional Task Manager
Quality Improvement Project Manager

Jean Roland

Jean Roland

Quality Improvement Specialist
North Dakota
701-852-4231 x735

Nancy M.

Nancy McDonald, RN/BSN, CPHQ

Program Manager
South Dakota

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.