The IPAC 2014-15 Annual Report is posted (and electronic)!
Submitted by Elisa LloydSmith, epidemiologist Infection Prevention and Control
To help improve the patient experience and patient safety, Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) at Providence is responsible for a number of activities including tracking infections through the development and maintenance of surveillance systems, responding to outbreaks, providing infection prevention expertise and guidelines to the Providence community, and creating and measuring innovative solutions to practical IPAC challenges.
The IPAC Annual Report provides an update on the status, progress and challenges of fiscal year 2014/15. And, new this year, the Report is electronic, making it more visual, easier to navigate and easily saved to your Bookmark bar for easy referencing.
IPAC 2014/15 Highlights
- The lowest PHC-associated incidence rate of Clostridium difficile infection that has been reported at PHC (5.7 per 10,000 patient-days), down 35% compared to last fiscal year.
- IPAC also reported the lowest rate to date, 4.3 per 10,000 patient-days, for PHC-associated incidence rate of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.
- Hand hygiene compliance has been maintained in acute care facilities at 79%.
- The expansion of our surveillance systems to include Carbapenemase Producing Organisms and new surgical site surveillance initiatives.
- The considerable efforts that were invested on Ebola Virus Disease preparedness.
- This report describes the significant progress that has been accomplished towards reducing preventable infections. However, there is more work to be done as outlined by the Challenges section (a new addition to this year’s Annual Report!).
IPAC is committed to providing the best and highest quality care to the populations we serve, and continuing to reduce health care-associated infection at PHC in 2015/16. This commitment, combined with collaborative improvement efforts, will help overcome challenges and drive infection and transmission rates down further.
We congratulate all PHC staff for their continued dedication to reducing preventable infections in our patients, residents and staff!
If you have any questions or feedback about the report, please be in touch.
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