There is a long way to go in combating infection control in hospitals. On this blog page I have highlighted some hospitals who have had nearly zero infection rates over a prolonged period yet you still have studies such as this which show 1/3 of hospitals included in a large survey have poor ratings.
The best performers have infection control at the very heart of their believes. Rigorous root cause investigations and careful process redesign to eliminate causes as part of a continuing improvement program. Sounds a familiar approach to how other industries improve quality and reliability. It works in healthcare too.
Spreading best practice is key to success in fighting HAI
Reducing C. diff infection rates could just mean putting in place protocols for hand washing and room cleaning. While the Centers for Disease Control recommend protocols, the agency can’t enforce these protocols and only 39% of hospitals have an antibiotic stewardship program in place. Putting protocols in place to reduce hospital-acquired infections can be a lot more difficult than it sounds. Maimonides, for instance, tried many strategies, including screensaver messages and email reminders, to get providers and nurses to wash their hands. However, they are generally busy, prone to burn outs, and sometimes they just simply forget.