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Hospital for Special Surgery shares best practices to benefit of British patients
Date:2/19/2008

the construction plans were being drawn up. With infection control a huge issue in the UK and in Europe because of antibiotic resistant bacteria, the HSS representatives wanted to make sure the hospital was designed to combat the spread of infection right from the start.

We had the opportunity to go in before the facility was even built, to help them design infection control at every level, said Eileen Finerty, R.N., director of Nursing for Infection Control and Occupational Health, at Hospital for Special Surgery. We were creating a state-of-the-art facility that was focused on infection control and length of stay.

At Hospital for Special Surgery, infection control is considered everyones responsibility and it should be maintained at every level from washing hands and having clean equipment to patient placement and traffic patterns for patients, equipment and supplies. The separation of clean and dirty is one of the basic principles of infection control, said Ms. Finerty. But hospitals are busy places and busy people take shortcuts. You need to remind them to stop and do the basics.

Controlling infection is one way to shorten length of stay, but HSS also helped the London hospital staff understand its method of patient-focused care. At Special Surgery, the staff has built a patient flow grid, with every department working together in a multidisciplinary approach to maximize patient progress.

HSS is all about patient-focused care; the entire staff is trained to help with the patients recovery, said JeMe Cioppa-Mosca, P.T., MBA, assistant vice president, Department of Rehabilitation, at Hospital for Special Surgery.

A large part of patient coordination starts before the patients are admitted. At a pre-operative class, patients are given a seminar and manual to lead them through every step, from the day before surgery through recovery. The patients and the staff all know beforehand what the expectations are and h
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Contact: Phyllis Fisher
fisherp@hss.edu
212-606-1724
Hospital for Special Surgery
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