AHRQ Innovations Exchange Focuses on Hospital-Acquired Infections

October 13, 2011

The October 12, 2011 issue of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Health Care Innovations Exchange focuses on reducing hospital-acquired infections.

The featured innovations section of the publication describes three programs that have implemented infection control measures leading to declines in HAIs.  The following innovations are presented:

  • Staff use of electronic flags and weekly grand rounds as infection control measures.
  • Physician-nurse infection teams’ weekly hospital rounds lead to significant infection decline.
  • Comprehensive protocols and practices reduce neonatal catheter bloodstream infections.

The QualityTools section describes two toolkits designed for healthcare professionals in reducing infections.  The following QualityTools are discussed:

  • Healthcare-associated infections: prevention toolkits.
  • Guide to the elimination of catheter-related bloodstream infections.

In addition, the spotlight of the issue provides an article about using a comprehensive unit-based safety program for preventing HAIs.

Click here to access the publication.

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