Acumentra Health, the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) for Oregon, works with hospitals and other stakeholders in an initiative to reduce healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). The Oregon HAI Prevention Coalition is a learning and action network (LAN)—a community of practice designed to maximize the spread of improvement methods and successful interventions. Eight hospitals are currently participating, with an initial focus on reducing catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI); future topics include Clostridium difficile infection (CDI or C. diff) and surgical site infection (SSI).
From now through July 2014, Acumentra Health is convening Oregon hospitals and stakeholders through face-to-face or webinar learning sessions. The sessions and other communication pathways create a safe table for discussing HAIs and provide an “all teach, all learn” environment for sharing knowledge. Between sessions, hospitals test approaches for avoiding infections and document the impact of their activities on specific performance rates, then share results within the LAN to develop a sustainable community of improvement.
Acumentra Health is collaborating with the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS), which partners with the Health Research and Educational Trust to assist 29 Oregon hospitals through the Partnership for Patients safety and quality initiative. Our collaboration is designed to help hospitals benefit from both initiatives without undue burden. Contact us to learn more.
Yokoe DS et al. A compendium of strategies to prevent healthcare-associated infections in acute care hospitals. Executive summary. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. 2008;29(S1):S12–S21. http://www.shea-online.org/about/compendium.cfm. Accessed August 15, 2011.
MRSA change package (2011)
Last updated August 3, 2012