Reducing The Risk Of Patient Infection

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Reduce the risk of patient infection
Had a risk assessment taken place, the staff would know Alice was a high risk for infection, based on her age and her weekend immune system. Based on her risk factors, test for sepsis should have been carried out straight away. This would have ensured she received the correct course of treatment. While the CDC has been working vigorously to reduce the spread of infections, sepsis appears to be on the up rise. According to the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics, the number of times people were in the hospital with sepsis increased from 621,000 in the year 2000 to 1,141,000 in 2008. (Sepsis, 2014)
According to the Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, hospital acquired infections’ (HAI) are the fourth
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The organizations must ensure its infection prevention policies and procedures are up to date and that all staff have completed and continue to complete this training on an annual basis, or sooner should there be a sudden increase in patient infections. In addition, the organization should also increase awareness as far as antibiotic resistance to both the stakeholders and staff. Written infection prevention policies and procedures should be accessible to staff at all times.
The organization should also ensure that they have at least one individual trained in infection prevention on each shift or available should the situation arise. Most importantly, to prevent sepsis from spreading once detected, the organization must supply the necessary supplies and adhere to standard precautions.
A standing committee for infection control should be formed due to the amount of infections the organization has encountered. This would allow the committee to focus on reducing the recurring infection issues. (Liebler & McConnell, 2012) In addition, due to the urgency of controlling infections within the organization, management should implement a task force. Task forces are expert in their field, they gather and analysis data, this is then presented to the board or executive committee for further action. (Liebler & McConnell, 2012)
The board must also review its critical care privileging and ICU
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