In October 2016, using data from the calendar year 2015, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced new targets for the national acute care hospital metrics for the National Action Plan to Prevent Healthcare Associated Infections: Road Map to Elimination (HAI Action Plan).
Population-based harm from HAIs will be monitored on a nationwide scale. The new goals, with a 2020 target date for achievement, are as follows:
- 50% reduction in central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) in intensive care units and ward-located patients.
- 25% reduction in catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI) in intensive care units and ward-located patients.
- 50% reduction in incidences of invasive health care-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections.
- 50% reduction in facility-onset methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in facility-wide health care.
- 30% reduction in facility-onset Clostridium difficile infections in facility-wide health care.
- 30% reduction in the rate of Clostridium difficile hospitalizations.
- 30% reduction in surgical site infection (SSI) admission and readmission.
- Adherence to process measures to prevent surgical site infection (SSI).
It is a common contention in the medical industry that today’s knowledge is often obsolete by tomorrow. Understanding which research is reliable, properly evaluating evidence, and determining which clinical research results are most applicable to a specific circumstance are all time-consuming and potentially treacherous if exercised incorrectly. Yet, in order to achieve a reduction of the 700,000+ serious infections acquired in hospitals each year, of which approximately 75,000 result in death, aggressive action is necessary.
The Readiness Rounds High Reliability platform supports the reduction in healthcare associated infections (HAI) by providing a streamlined process to ensure that key elements of the care process are consistently in place throughout the hospital. While the documentation of care remains a critical element, the vast majority of the Readiness Rounds' approach is to enable systematic observation of actual nursing practices and infection prevention and control practices. This effort, combined with built-in, ongoing education, is designed to improve and sustain results. Checklists for CAUTI, CLABSI, and other infection-related issues help reduce time, effort, and error, allowing your organization to achieve the HHS goals and enhance your reputation. Let us show you what we can do for you.
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