A New Role for Infection Preventionist - Corporate Wide IP Consultants and Directors for Multi-Hospital Systems
Meet the Speaker:
Maureen P. Spencer, RN, M.Ed., CIC
Corporate Infection Preventionist Consultant
Universal Health Services, Inc.
IP Competency: Proficient & Expert
Duration: 60 minutes Available through: 12/31/2017
A new role for Infection Preventionist (IP) is emerging in large hospital systems. The Corporate Infection Preventionist Consultant (CIPC) provides consultative and educational services, facilitates the standardization of surveillance systems, policies, products, processes and structure. These are key components in the development of a strong national IP program. The CIPC serves as a facilitator to bring leadership and a collaborative working relationship among the facilities. The CIPC participates in a monthly "Full Book" readiness survey (Joint Commission and CMS standards). The team is comprised of IP, Accreditation and Regulatory Compliance, EOC, Medication Safety, Emergency Preparedness, Risk Management, Facilities and Life Safety. The team surveys the hospital in a three day period and revisits within 6 months to assist with action plans. Photos of IC issues and findings are prepared with TJC and CMS citations. The CIPC visits hospitals for onsite consultation and manages communication, NHSN data, webinars, teleconferences, product evaluations and policy development. This role is challenging and requires a strong experiential background in hospital epidemiology and infection prevention to be successful. The Corporate IP Consultant position, under Quality and Patient Safety, is an excellent resource to work toward zero HAIs. Innovative IC bundles of products and practices, standardized algorithms for identifying HAIs in each facility, a standardized corporate dashboard and examples of webinars, courses and projects that assisted in the corporate-wide successful reduction in HAI reductions will be presented.
- Describe three functions of the role of a corporate Infection Preventionist in a multi-hospital system
- Develop algorithms for the identification and classification of HAIs (CLABSI, CAUTI, SSI, VAE,MDRO, C difficile)
- Describe the structure to a Unit Based Champion program at the local facility level.
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