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NCD - Pacing Event: Harm Reduction in Rural and Critical Access Hospitals

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Thursday, August 17, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. PT.

Summary from 8/17 Pacing Event: “Strategies for Reducing Harm in Rural and Critical Access Hospitals: Improving Antibiotic Stewardship and Reducing Sepsis”

This week’s Pacing Event built on the August 3rd event during which a panel of experts discussed challenges and solutions in implementing quality improvement work and infection prevention efforts in rural and critical access hospitals. This week’s Pacing Event further addressed the challenges small hospitals face by taking a deeper dive into specific strategies that HIINs and hospitals can apply to overcome those challenges and achieve harm reductions. Specifically, the session provided strategies for improving antibiotic stewardship and for reducing sepsis in rural and critical access hospitals.

To discuss these topics, the session featured presentations from:

  • Melinda Neuhauser, PharmD, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), who discussed the background and framework of the CDC’s July 2017 “Implementation of Antibiotic Stewardship Core Elements at Small and Critical Access Hospitals” guide, including how the guide was tailored to these hospitals’ needs;
  • CarlaLisa Rovere-Kistner, LCSW,CCM, CPHQ, from the New York State PfP HIIN, who discussed the HIIN’s work with its critical access hospitals to reduce sepsis through a collaborative approach, and how the HIIN has addressed the challenges that these hospitals face to achieve success; and
  • Lisa Morrise, MArts, Patient Advocate, who discussed the importance of patient and family engagement in small hospitals and considerations around differences in engagement between small and larger hospital settings.

To view and download slides from this Pacing Event, click here.

In addition, during the August 3rd event entitled, “Infection Prevention in Rural and Critical Access Hospitals,” Dr. Sarah Krein from the Ann Arbor VA presented a survey to assess the sharing and implementation of key practices in HAI prevention. She has made a copy of the 2017 TRIP IV Survey available for HIIN leaders on the private side of the CoP. Additional resources are listed  on the August 3rd event’s Questions and Answers document, which is available on the CoP with the slides and recording from that event.  

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