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Meaningful UseReducing Healthcare-Associated Infections in Hospitals

Reducing HAI

Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are a threat to patient safety and a major cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States. On any given day, about 1 in 25 hospital patients has at least one healthcare-associated infection, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC estimates there were approximately 722,000 HAIs in U.S. acute care hospitals in 2011, resulting in 75,000 deaths.

To address these issues, HealthInsight is convening a community of patients, caregivers, hospitals, health care professionals and community stakeholders to identify and implement solutions to prevent and reduce the number of healthcare-associated infections in hospitals throughout our region.

About the initiative

Hospitals participating in the HAI initiative are:

  • Using data-driven, beneficiary-centered, evidence-based resources to reduce infection rates
  • Engaging in virtual and in-person learning and action network activities that support their commitment to make care safer, reduce costs, and improve the health of patients
  • Drawing on HealthInsight technical assistance, which includes local, regional and national experts, to help implement improvement tools and evidence-based practices to improve clinical outcomes
  • Collaborating with peers locally and throughout the region to share expertise best practices in HAI prevention
  • Implementing techniques to minimize HAIs, which can reduce patient suffering and result in shorter stays, fewer hospital readmissions and lower avoidable costs
  • Facilitating patient and family engagement in HAI prevention strategies

Webinars

HealthInsight HAI Reduction Summit, March 23, 2016


Learn more

Contact a member of your local HealthInsight team for more information:

Nevada:

Ellen DePrat
Project Coordinator
(702) 933-7316
edeprat@healthinsight.org

New Mexico:

Elaine Chavez, BSN, RN
Project Manager
(505) 998-9739
echavez@healthinsight.org

Oregon:

Laurie Murray-Snyder
QI Specialist
(503) 382-3927
lmurraysnyder@healthinsight.org

Utah:

Linda Egbert, MS, RN
Project Coordinator
(801) 892-6670
LEgbert@healthinsight.org