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NCD Pacing Event: New Jersey's HAI Reduction Collaboration with the CDC and New Jersey Department of Health

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Thursday, May 30, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. PT.

Summary from 5/30 Pacing Event: “New Jersey’s HAI Reduction Collaborative: Working Across Organizations to Assess and Address Population Needs”

Collaborating across the continuum enhances patient outcomes as well as the patient experience. The New Jersey Hospital Association, the New Jersey HIIN, and the state’s Department of Health have partnered together with the CDC to work specifically on the assessment phase of the TAP Strategy by surveying over 800 front-line staff in 15 acute care and two long-term care hospitals. This Pacing Event focused on this collaborative effort as an example to address reductions in CAUTI, CLABSI, and C. diff. Presenters shared the impact of this partnership as it has served to enhance care and contribute to reducing readmissions.

The session discussed the implementation of the assessment and its findings, as well as presented the CDC-developed feedback reports for hospitals. Additionally, representatives from the two long-term care hospitals discussed their experiences in this pilot and what they learned.

The guest presenters for this event were:

Shannon Davila, MSN, CIC, CPHQ, from the New Jersey HIIN, along with Jessica Arias, BSN, RN, CIC, and Jason Mehr, MPH, from the New Jersey Department of Health, who discussed their collaborative efforts to build upon existing work with the CDC’s TAP Strategy and focus on the assessment component

Katie White, MPH, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), who shared how the results of the assessment were communicated back to hospitals via detailed feedback reports to guide technical assistance

Jennifer Trallo Schreiber, MSN, MBA, RN, CPPS, and Karen Hobson, MS, RN, COHN-S/CM, from Acuity Healthcare, who discussed their participation in this work as part of two long-term care hospitals.

The session was moderated by Kendall Hall, MD (NCD).