This year’s Hospital National Patient Safety Goals from the Joint Commission include improvement of hand cleaning among healthcare providers as well as consistent use of proven guidelines to prevent infection of the blood from central lines and urinary tract infections caused by catheters.
Healthcare-associated infections (HAI) are the most frequent adverse event in healthcare delivery worldwide.[i] According to the CDC, HAIs affect 5 to 10 percent of hospitalized patients in the U.S. annually, totaling approximately 1.7 million infections, 99,000 deaths and an estimated $20 billion in healthcare costs each year. Research suggests when healthcare facilities, care teams and individual providers are aware of infection problems and take specific steps to prevent them, the rates of certain HAIs can decrease by more than 70 percent.[ii]
A nurse call system is a valuable asset for healthcare facilities when working to reduce HAIs. The technology monitors care and generates alerts to keep providers on schedule with delivery of patient services. These automated reminders help ensure care is provided to patients at the appropriate time to reduced prolonged lapses that may result in infection. Notifications for turning or other care are sent directly to care team members when services are needed through advanced nurse call technology. All treatment is recorded into patient records for future reference and to run meaningful reports for quality improvement initiatives.
[i] Health care-associated infections FACT SHEET. World Health Organization. 2016: http://www.who.int/gpsc/country_work/gpsc_ccisc_fact_sheet_en.pdf
[ii] A Srinivasan, MD, M Wise, PhD, et. al. Vital Signs: Central Line – Associated Blood Stream Infections – United States, 2001, 2008, and 2009. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, March 1, 2001.