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Hill-Rom® Clinical Resource Center

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Hill-Rom® Clinical Resource Center

Infection Prevention


  • Multistate Point-Prevalence Survey of Health Care-Associated Infections
    Magill SS, et al. | The New England Journal of Medicine | 2014

    This prevalence survey conducted in 10 diverse geographic areas revealed that 1 in 25 hospital patients contracted a hospital-acquired infection. The authors conclude that health surveillance and prevention programs should continue to address device- and procedure-associated infectious diseases. 

  • Health Care-Associated Infections: A Meta-Analysis of Costs and Financial Impact on the US Health Care System
    Zimlichman E, et al. | JAMA Internal Medicine | 2013

    Hospital-acquired infections can significantly harm patients and increase healthcare costs. Zimlichman, et al. conducted a systematic literature review to determine the attributable cost of different HAI's. Quality improvement initiatives can greatly decrease HAI incidence and overall cost. Specific costs of the top five most frequent and most preventable HAIs are provided.

  • The Joint Commission's National Safety Goals for 2015
    The Joint Commission | 2015

    The purpose of the 2015 Hospital National Patient Safety Goals is to improve overall patient safety by focusing on problems in health care quality. Handwashing is a part of the 2015 Joint Commission goals as an effective means of preventing infection.

  • Hand Hygiene Compliance Rates in the United States -- A One-Year Multicenter Collaboration Using Product/Volume Usage Measurement and Feedback.
    McGuckin M, et al. | American Journal of Medical Quality | 2009

    Hand-hygiene is considered to be the single most important factor in the prevention of infection. A study of hand-hygiene compliance rates through direct observation, self-reporting, and indirect calculation based on product usage, revealed that compliance is universally low - between 26% and 36%. 

  • Individual Monitoring Increases Hand-Hygiene Compliance in Multicenter Registry Utilizing Badge-Based Locating Technology
    Buckner J, et al. | APIC | 2016

    This multicenter registry style study compared hand hygiene (HH) compliance rates from direct observation to those reported using an electronic HH system capable of reporting at the group and individual level. Prior to system install, compliance rates at each site averaged between 87-92% using direct observation. Actual baseline compliance recorded by the automated system was 57% thus highlighting the inaccuracies of direct observation. Group monitoring followed by individual monitoring demonstrated greater improvement in HH compliance at all three sites than group monitoring alone and best targeted the lowest compliant caregivers, improving rates of this subgroup over 180%. An analysis by caregiver functional role (eg all nurses) demonstrates that individual reporting resulted in the greatest improvement in compliance and better equalized room entry and exit adherence. Overall, compliance has been sustained above 80% since month 3 of individual reporting. 

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