2018 Heroes of APIC: Third
2018 Heroes of APIC: Third
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Presentation #1: Process Improvements and Culture Change Drive C. diff DecreaseThe Infection Prevention and Quality departments at MountainView Hospital combined evidence-based process improvements with an emphasis on front-line collaboration to significantly enhance safety for their patients.In early 2015, the team “de-engineered” the healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) their facility was reporting to identify specific improvement opportunities. Leveraging their varied medical technology, quality, and nursing backgrounds, Harsha Dave, Jan Olivas, and Lisa Schaffer then created processes to reduce HAIs across the board, with an emphasis on Clostridium difficile (C. diff).Using evidence-based guidelines, the team developed a C. diff testing algorithm designed to prevent unnecessary and duplicative C. diff testing. The algorithm was disseminated to all healthcare workers in the facility and medical staff leadership support for the project and appropriate testing was clear. The appropriateness of C. diff testing at MountainView has greatly improved and the facility’s C. diff rate dropped from 1.78 standardized infection ratio (SIR) in 2015 to 0.56 in mid-2016.Presentation #2: Improving Antimicrobial Stewardship Nationwide Through Untiring LeadershipMarc Meyer has tirelessly leveraged his infection prevention and pharmacy expertise to become a recognized leader and advocate for antimicrobial stewardship (AMS), driving improvements in his small critical-access facility, his community and nationwide.A pharmacist by training, Meyer assumed responsibility for his 25-bed hospital’s infection control department in 1995. “I saw an ideal marriage between clinical pharmacy and infection prevention,” Meyer said. “These departments really need to work together, especially in small hospitals.” Southwest Memorial credits Meyer and his department for a 60 percent decline in surgical site infections and a 30 percent decline in multi-drug resistant organisms.But Meyer knew that hospital-based efforts alone would not preserve antimicrobial efficacy. As a member of the Colorado Hospital Association’s AMS collaborative, he works with 26 hospitals statewide to improve stewardship. Extending his advocacy and leadership even further, Meyer has helped the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Quality Forum develop ASM guidance documents.imageBD is pleased to support the APIC Heroes of Infection Prevention Program and the outstanding and essential work of the Heroes honorees in the field of infection prevention.
 
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