Discuss ways of reducing increased cases of hospital-associated infections.

Discuss ways of reducing increased cases of hospital-associated infections.

Quality Improvement Project on HAIs.

Reynaldo Sautie

Ruben Coll

ST Thomas University

10/01/2021

The Healthcare sector is the most sensitive docket that must be taken care of to reduce impacts caused by various challenges associated with either limited resources, inadequate staff, or even the impacts brought about by emerging illnesses (Taiyaba et al., 2018). As mentioned in previous assignments, healthcare-associated infections or nosocomial infections have become one of the major healthcare issues affecting both the patients and other healthcare practitioners indirectly or directly. From the recent studies on the impacts of nosocomial infections, it was found that among the negative impacts posed by the said healthcare issue is that it has led to a significant increase in the length of stay in hospitals. It has also resulted in increased medical care costs due to prolonged length of hospitalization of stay among the patients. Additionally, the assessment done on the nosocomial infections have also indicated that HAIs have also increased risk of patient developing multiorgan dysfunction while receiving medical care as well as exacerbated cases of hospital mortality.

An action plan may be described as a simple list of all the operations, activities, or tasks that need to be finished before a certain goal can be realized. It stipulates and perhaps provides guidelines on what needs to be completed in order to meet an anticipated goal (Cheetham et al., 2019). Based on the project on a Quality improvement project on HAIs, the development of an action plan will not only provide a simple list of tasks that need to accomplish to meet objectives but also make it easy for a project manager to have the opportunity to reflect on the identified healthcare issue, clarify the project objectives, build conscious on how well to go about it, bring people especially the stakeholders together for better reasoning on what needs to be done to reduce nosocomial infections. Finally, this will enable and even facilitate easy mapping out of strategies along with small steps that ought to be taken to achieve desired short-term and long-term objectives.

The action plan that could be deployed to reduce increased cases of hospital-associated infections will be;

Action plan: Quality improvement project on nosocomial infections with healthcare facilities.

Action

Objectives

Conduct assessment of the conditions of healthcare facilities.

To collect valuables insights and data about HAIs.

Evaluate the possible HAIs predisposing factors

To determine potential risks factors.

Survey the current status of already infected patients and nurses as a result of HAIs.

To determine the resources required for effective management of the situation.

Identify the possible remedies, strategies

To identify the most appropriate approaches to deploy.

Assessing the resources required to implement the said strategies.

Formulate project cost estimation.

Implementation of strategies.

To reduce healthcare-associated infections.

From the proposed project on a Quality improvement project to reduce HAIs, the stakeholders that might be impacted include; the patients or clients, doctors, healthcare specialists, therapists, nurse informatics, nurses along with Information technology team working within a healthcare setting.

Resources required for the project to be implemented successfully include; Sharps bin for disposing of used needles and razor blades. Perhaps medical Educationalists will be of great help to enlighten nurses and patients on the essence of maintaining hygiene while in a hospital setting (Cheetham et al., 2019). Also, a Biohazard bag or sack will be required to collect bedding, and clothing that is contaminated for safe disposals. Additionally, Formaldehyde, Hydrogen peroxide, Peracetic acid, and Ortho-phthalaldehyde may be required as disinfectants to sanitize and sterilize medical equipment.

Budget estimation for the project.

Resources

Cost

Ortho-phthalaldehyde

$31.03 (per gallon)

Formaldehyde

$59.95 (per gallon)

Biohazard bag

$600

Sharps bin container.

$896

PURELL LTX-12 Advanced Green Certified Hand Sanitizer Foam

$109.10

Totals

$1,196.08

References

Cheetham, S., Ngo, H., Liira, J., Lee, E., Pethrick, C., Andrews, A., & Liira, H. (2019). Education and devices to prevent blood and body fluid exposures. Occupational Medicine, 70(1), 38-44. https://doi.org/10.1093/occmed/kqz156

Taiyaba, T., Rai, A., & Tahira, F. (2018). Hospital-acquired infections, sources, route of transmission, epidemiology, prevention, and control. International Journal of Life-Sciences Scientific Research, 4(4), 1858-1862. https://doi.org/10.21276/ijlssr.2018.4.4.2

Imran Qadir, M., & Fatima, M. (2020). Nosocomial infections: Hospital-acquired infections. Bacterial Diseases, 155-160. https://doi.org/10.2174/9789811473760120010038

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