Arkansas Selected for Project JOINTS

July 21, 2011

According to the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care (AFMC), the state of Arkansas has been chosen as one of five states selected to participate in the initial cohort of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s (IHI) Project JOINTS initiative.

Project joints is a new initiative providing participants with IHI coaching support on “how to test, implement and spread the enhanced surgical-site infection prevention bundle composed of the current Surgical Care Improvement Project components plus three new surgical-site infection prevention interventions.”

For at least six months, the participating hospitals will receive free materials, resources and coaching from IHI faculty on how to test, implement and spread three new proven surgical-site infection prevention techniques. The focus of the initiative is preventing surgical-site infections related to knee- and hip-replacement surgery, though it has been noted that the new prevention techniques are applicable for other types of surgery as well.

“It’s exciting that Arkansas is among the first states to launch Project JOINTS,” said Ray Hanley, president and CEO of AFMC. “It should do a lot of good in the area of surgical-site infection prevention, and for the participating hospitals, it won’t cost them a dime. It’s a win-win situation.”

Project JOINTS was launched in April.  It focuses on hip- and knee-replacement surgery.

According to AFMC, 19 Arkansas hospitals have already signed up to be a part of the project. Hospitals interested in participating can contact Faye Nipps, Quality Specialist at AFMC, at (501) 212-8755.

Click here to read the notice about Project JOINTS from AFMC.

Related HAI Focus Article:  IHI’s Project JOINTS Promotes Enhanced SSI Prevention Bundle

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