Preventing Hospital Infections: Real-World Problems, Realistic Solutions

Paperback | October 15, 2014

bySanjay Saint, Sarah Krein, Robert Stock

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Nearly 2 million Americans develop a healthcare-associated infection each year, and some 100,000 of them die as a result. Such infections are highly preventable, particularly through the adoption and implementation of evidence-based methods for reducing patient infection at the point of care.In cases where hospitals fall short of their goals for improving infection prevention, their failures are often rooted in a low rate of staff adherence to the new prevention policies.In easy-to-read, user-friendly language, Preventing Hospital Infections leads readers through a step-by-step description of a quality improvement intervention as it might unfold in a model hospital, pinpointing the likely obstacles and offering practical strategies for how to overcome them. The textdraws on the extensive personal clinical experience of the authors, including examples, anecdotes, and down-to-earth, practical guidance.Whereas most books focus on the technical aspects of healthcare-associated infections, this book offers the first manual for effecting real, practical change. Whether resistance comes from physicians who distrust change, nurses who want to protect their turf, or infection preventionists who avoidthe wards, Preventing Hospital Infections offers an innovative and accessible approach that focuses on navigating the human element in a hospital quality improvement initiative.

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Nearly 2 million Americans develop a healthcare-associated infection each year, and some 100,000 of them die as a result. Such infections are highly preventable, particularly through the adoption and implementation of evidence-based methods for reducing patient infection at the point of care.In cases where hospitals fall short of their...

Sanjay Saint, MD, MPH, is the George Dock Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan, the Director of the VA/University of Michigan Patient Safety Enhancement Program, and the Associate Chief of Medicine at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System. He is an international leader in preventing catheter-associated urinary trac...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:October 15, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199398836

ISBN - 13:9780199398836

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PrefaceAbout the Authors1. The Burden of Healthcare-Association Infection2. Committing to Prevent Infection3. Types of Interventions4. Building the Team5. Leadership Techniques for Prevention Initiatives6. Common Problems, Realistic Solutions7. Toward Sustainability8. Collaborative Approaches to Preventing Infection9. Taking on C. Difficile10. The Future of Infection Prevention