Annually, over 700,000 hospitalized patients acquire a serious infection as a result of their care. Some 75,000 of them will die due to the HAI. On any given day, approximately 1 in 25 hospital patients have at least one healthcare associated infection.
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 practices. This effort, combined with built-in, ongoing education, is designed to improve and sustain results.
BELOW ARE EXAMPLES OF THE CHECKLISTS AVAILABLE ON THE READINESS ROUNDS' HIGH RELIABILITY PLATFORM:
Huge amounts of nursing and quality time is spent conducting CAUTI checks. The vast majority of these checks are collected on paper and at best, hand aggregated. These efforts often overwhelm the intention of consistently checking on processes designed to reduce CAUTI and impact the ability to respond quickly to any identified issues.
It is estimated that over 41,000 CLABSIs occur each year. These infections are usually serious, causing the patient to have a prolonged hospital stay, increased medical costs, and a higher risk of mortality. CLABSI can be prevented through proper insertion techniques and management of the central line. Reduce the incidence of CLABSI infections with constant checking using this Readiness Rounds' High Reliability Platform.
Patients on mechanical ventilation are at high risk for Ventilator Associated Event (VAE), with attributable mortality rates up to 40%. VAE is the leading cause of death among hospital-acquired infections, exceeding the death rate due to central line infections, severe sepsis, and respiratory tract infections in the non-intubated patient. VAE also prolongs time spent on the ventilator, and the length of ICU stay.
The most effective way for hospitals to combat HAIs (also referred to as healthcare-associated infections) is to stop them in their tracks before they start. Hand hygiene is one of the first lines of defense.
The Readiness Rounds' Hand Hygiene electronic checklist incorporates the typical observation technique used by many hospitals. The second component of the checklist is focused on providing "real time" evaluations of hand hygiene practice and built-in "real time" training as needed. This approach moves significantly beyond gathering data and drives at improving staff knowledge. The other key feature of the checklist is gathering information from staff in an operational "real time" setting - the barriers they are encountering in practicing good hand hygiene. This information is invaluable in launching appropriate hand hygiene improvement efforts.
Invasive medical devices can introduce pathogenic bacteria into the human body unless they are meticulously and properly decontaminated, cleaned, disinfected and sterilized. These devices require careful processing in specifically-ordered steps, including transportation of contaminated devices from the operating or procedure room to the sterile processing department and ending with the delivery of a protected, properly reprocessed device back to the department.
The Readiness Rounds' High-Level Disinfection checklist approach provides a consistent and easy-to-use approach to evaluating the effectiveness of the high-level disinfection processes.