Hospitals across the country have seen an increase in methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus(MRSA), a bacterial infection that is highly resistant to some antibiotics. Patients who contract this infection can develop serious complications, sometimes leading to death. Area hospitals with MRSA outbreaks have been featured in recent media programs, resulting in a loss of public confidence and declining admissions. As the director of an inpatient unit at Madison Community Hospital (MCH), you understand the potential for an increase of methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) at your hospital. Your infectious disease physicians are concerned about the potential for an outbreak at your hospital. Infection prevention studies have reported that only 40% of healthcare workers sanitize their hands before treating patients. Hand-washing and other hand-sanitizing methods have been proven to reduce the transmission of dangerous infections from one patient to another.

The Quality Issue

Hospitals across the country have seen an increase in methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus(MRSA), a bacterial infection that is highly resistant to some antibiotics. Patients who contract this infection can develop serious complications, sometimes leading to death. Area hospitals with MRSA outbreaks have been featured in recent media programs, resulting in a loss of public confidence and declining admissions. As the director of an inpatient unit at Madison Community Hospital (MCH), you understand the potential for an increase of methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) at your hospital. Your infectious disease physicians are concerned about the potential for an outbreak at your hospital. Infection prevention studies have reported that only 40% of healthcare workers sanitize their hands before treating patients. Hand-washing and other hand-sanitizing methods have been proven to reduce the transmission of dangerous infections from one patient to another.

Preliminary Actions at MCH

The MCH products committee has evaluated several hand-sanitizing products and selected an alcohol-based product that effectively eliminates the majority of bacterial micro-organisms that can be transmitted by contact. The hand hygiene policy at MCH requires staff members, physicians, and volunteers to apply the hand sanitizer before entering and after leaving a patient’s room. The Infection Prevention staff estimates an average of 15-20 individuals enter a patient’s room each day.

You have been appointed to serve on a task force charged with improving hand hygiene compliance. The Infection Prevention personnel have gathered preliminary data from various inpatient nursing units. (See table below) Staff on these units were observed in order to assess whether they sanitized their hands prior to entering and upon leaving a patient’s room. The Infection Prevention staff observing the inpatient unit personnel are routinely seen on these units as part of their surveillance activities. Staff members were not aware their hand hygiene practices were being observed. At first glance, the data indicates hand hygiene is not practiced, as required by the policy, in more than half the observations.

MCH has adopted the FOCUS-PDA improvement model and utilizes various tools for collecting data and analyzing processes. The hand hygiene task force will be applying these methods to address the hand hygiene concern.

Unit Number of Staff Observed Number of Sanitizing Hands Percent Sanitizing Hands
2 North 15 8 53%
2 South 18 12 67%
2 East 16 6 38%
3 North 19 10 53%
3 South 13 7 54%
3 East 15 6 40%
4 North 18 9 50%
4 South 17 7 41%
4 East 14 6 43%
Total 145 71 49%

Questions:

The hospital is developing a hand hygiene task force to discuss the hand hygiene concern. Who should be on this task force to represent what hospital functions and why? To whom should the task force report their results and why?

What are some of the issues associated with caregivers sanitizing their hands? Why do you suppose only 40% of caregivers sanitize their hands? What other department personnel, besides nursing, may need to enter a patient’s room during their stay?

What are the possible causes for noncompliance? Are there other factors contributing to the issue?

How would the problem look different if it turned out only a handful of personnel were noncompliant? How would this affect the improvement process?

What process should be selected for improvement? Why?

How can MCH motivate its staff to be more compliant?

After reading the case study, please answer the questions above in a 2-3 page report. Be sure to include at least one, well-developed paragraph, to answer each question. please include references

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