Hospital and Skilled Nursing Facility Collaboration Reduces Infections

11-21-2019 08:07

Cathy Fischer, MSN, RN, CIC, and Jaime Drake, RN, CMSRN, American Nurse Today, September 2019: Faced with increasing patient readmissions for Surgical Site and MDRO infections, CarolinaEast Medical Center educated skilled nursing facilities on evidence- based infection prevention strategies in use at the acute care hospital. Several practice changes were implemented,  including Hibiclens patient bathing for post- surgery patients and those with MDROs. 8 months after full implementation of several practice changes, there was a 90% reduction in MDRO infections and zero-transmission was reached. There have been no further readmissions with surgical site infections.

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