louisiana NEWS

Quality Insights Kicks Off New Project in Louisiana

3/1/2016
Quality Insights recently launched a new project in Louisiana aimed at reducing healthcare-acquired infections (HAI) in long-term acute care hospitals (LTACH). Participating LTACHs will employ best practices and increase patient education to reduce the incidence of five types of HAIs.
 
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at any given time, about 1 in every 20 hospitalized patients has a healthcare-acquired infection (HAI), and more than 1 million HAIs occur every year. Although these data are specific to acute care hospital patients, HAIs can occur in any healthcare setting, including LTACHs.

The Quality Improvement in Long-Term Acute Care Hospitals Project will convene a learning and action network (LAN) of participating LTACHs interested in improving care while reducing infection.

In addition to provider education, Quality Insights recognizes the importance of patient and family engagement in improving healthcare. Our quality improvement activities, technical assistance, LANs, and educational materials will focus on enabling patients and their families to participate in treatment and communicate with healthcare professionals. Project tools and materials will include components that encourage active patient and family involvement in preventing HAIs and reinforcing healthy practices after discharge.

As a result of providers following evidence-based practices to prevent healthcare-acquired infections, as well as engaging patients and families in proper hand hygiene education and creating a culture empowering patients to “speak up” on hand hygiene, patients in LTACHs will benefit from a reduction in HAIs, which will save lives and healthcare dollars.

Read more about how project participants will join forces to improve care while reducing infection.