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HHS, APIC, and SHEA honor Wisconsin hospital for achievements in eliminating health-care infections
Date:11/26/2013

s, standardizing work flow, and ensuring the patient care teams are informed and involved is the most effective way to eliminate HAIs."

"The multidisciplinary approaches, passion, and innovation of the 2013 Partnership in Prevention Award applicants, and the excellent programs they described, demonstrate that significant progress is being made in eliminating HAIs to protect patients," said Patti Grant RN, BSN, MS, CIC, APIC president. "Throughout the coming year, APIC is focusing attention on the important role that patients and families also play through our Infection Prevention and You campaign. We hope this focused attention will drive further adherence to, and support for, evidence-based interventions to prevent healthcare-associated infections."

Utilizing the Systems Engineering Initiative for Patient Safety (SEIPS), UWHC reduced the hospital-wide CAUTI rate from 4.7 per 1,000 catheter-days in 2011, to 3.5 per 1,000 catheter-days in 2012. The SEIPS model ensures patient safety by taking into consideration human factors, systems design, quality management, job design, and technology implementations. The team used a multi-faceted approach including daily rounds on patients with indwelling catheters, catheter removal protocols embedded in the electronic health record, CAUTI "champions" on each unit, and a CAUTI tool box on the hospital's intranet site.

The hospital undertook a similar initiative to reduce VAP in their 24-bed neuroscience intensive care unit (ICU). By reinforcing best practices for VAP prevention, they only had two such infections between November 2011 and June 2013. Prior to the intervention, from January to October of 2011, there were 15 VAPs. They have since extended the effort to their medical-surgical ICU and have seen similar reductions.

UWHC also made hand hygiene a priority through adoption of the World Health Organization's hand hygiene campaign: Five Moments for Hand Hygiene. Since 2012, their hand hy
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Contact: Liz Garman
egarman@apic.org
202-454-2604
Association for Professionals in Infection Control
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