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By Thomas Talbot | Monday, Apr 06, 2015
Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s hand hygiene compliance rate has been in the 90 percent range for the last four years. In an interview with IHI, Vanderbilt's Chief Hospital Epidemiologist Dr. Tom Talbot credits their success to building a strong culture of shared accountability.


Tag(s): Hand Hygiene, Patient Safety, Quality Improvement, Infection - Healthcare-Associated (HAI)
By John Gauthier | Monday, Jun 09, 2014
In this interview with IHI Communications Specialist Jo Ann Endo, IHI faculty member Brian Koll, MD, FACP, FIDSA, says that effectively addressing C. diff requires true multidisciplinary teamwork. Dr. Koll is Executive Director for Infection Prevention at the Mount Sinai Health System in New York, NY.Q A number of healthcare-associated infections appear to be on the decline. Why isn’t this the case with C. diff? When one looks at healthcare-associated infections, dealing with C. diff is a little ... read full post


Tag(s): C. difficile, safety, Hospital, hospital acquired infection prevention, Infection - Healthcare-Associated (HAI), Hand Hygiene, Patient Safety, Teamwork
By Frank Federico | Monday, Jul 22, 2013
A key challenge to tackling hand hygiene can be perception. Often there’s a significant gap for staff, physicians, nurses, and other caregivers between perception and reality. When organizations learn their rates of hand hygiene practice, they're often surprised by their baseline data.


Tag(s): Hand Hygiene, Expedition, Patient Safety, Organizational change
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