Recently, we have seen an increased awareness and focus on infection prevention as it relates to patient safety. We want you to know that we share your concern. At HCA, we are improving patient safety through use of best practices, improved technology and increased patient involvement in their healthcare. Quite simply, patient safety is a priority at our hospitals. Below are just a few examples of how we are working to prevent infections in every HCA facility across the country.
A new strain of antibiotic-resistant staph, or MRSA, is spread easily and is much more difficult to treat than ordinary staph bacteria. The growing prevalence of MRSA in our communities and in our hospitals is creating new challenges for the healthcare community.
In response, HCA's 160 hospitals across the nation, under the leadership of Dr. Jonathan B. Perlin, HCA’s chief medical officer, have implemented more aggressive infection prevention protocols to tackle this issue. HCA facilities have also been provided with a proactive education campaign for patients, visitors and staff to prevent infections from occurring and spreading.
Our HCA family sees MRSA as a national challenge affecting hospitals and communities alike, and would like to share our materials as a way of contributing to the education and more importantly the eradication of MRSA. Please feel free to use the tools from our MRSA campaign at home, work, or school, and join us in the fight to eradicate MRSA.
View the Community-Associated MRSA Information for the Public compiled by the Centers for Disease Control.
Culture high risk patients and place them on contact precautions so that MRSA does not spread. Includes pre-op surgical recommendations.
Gowns, gloves, and masks are available for patient, staff, and visitor transmission prevention.
Compulsive Hand Hygiene
The easiest and most effective way to stop MRSA and other healthcare associated infections from spreading.
Thorough cleaning and appropriate use of products are absolutely necessary to reduce the transmission of MRSA.
Facility, division, and corporate support of clinicians’ efforts.
Please feel free to use the tools from our MRSA campaign at home, work, or school, and join us in the fight to eradicate MRSA.
AIM for Zero
AIM for Zero is an example of HCA’s commitment to providing excellence in healthcare through the consistent application of evidence-based interventions in the elimination of Central Line-Associated Blood Stream Infections (CLA-BSI). HCA’s goal for this initiative is zero, as we know from the medical literature that these infections are increasingly proven to be avoidable.
The letter “A” in AIM stands for antimicrobial stewardship which embraces the effective and efficient utilization of antibiotics. Overuse of broad spectrum antibiotics is not only needlessly expensive, but it breeds resistant infections. The letter “I” refers to a checklist of interventions that has been demonstrated as preventing CLA-BSI at the point of Insertion. “M” stands for vigilance in maintaining and removing central lines at the earliest appropriate moment.
Culture is critical to high performance health care. AIM for Zero includes behavioral expectations that encourage any team member to “speak up” to assure that the required interventions are followed. The personal behavior choices caregivers make each day affect their ability to protect patients from preventable, and potentially life-threatening, infections. Through exemplary leadership and support, HCA is committed to offering the premier performance patients expect and deserve.
Influenza – Vaccination and Prevention
Influenza remains the number one cause of vaccine-preventable death in the United States. Infected health workers can infect others and we want to eliminate that risk. Any death from a disease that is vaccine-preventable is one too many. HCA employees have received national recognition for their commitment to patient safety during the 2009-2010 flu season. Our 2010-2011 goal is the same– a commitment to 100 percent patient safety. The way we will achieve this goal is through vaccination of health workers with direct patient contact, wearing a mask when vaccine is not possible, or relocating the care provider away from direct patient contact if possible.