Infection Control Related Sentinel Events

For this activity, complete the following steps adapting for the option chosen to show mastery:

 

A number of patients die each year from an acquired infection in a healthcare setting.  These infections are referred to as Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs).  Any infection that is not adequately controlled can lead to a sentinel event.

 

Search the literature or another infection-related website for a sentinel event caused by an epidemiologically significant organism.

Summarize the sentinel event.

Use the NHSN Excel Sheet listed in the Resources and find the specific Healthcare associated data related to your state (Florida) of practice/residence. Choose one HAI of significance and summarize the information from the data sheet.

Create a graphic to depict the Epidemiological Triangle (Host, Agent and Environment) to highlight the elements of the HAI.

Discuss relevance of laboratory reports, antimicrobial treatment and infection control measures for the HAI you chose.

 

 

Resources

 

Read Chapter 14, p. 387 to 392 in Nelson & Williams (2014). Infectious Disease Epidemiology (3rd ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.

 

Read Chapter 3, p. 45 to 46 in Nelson & Williams (2014). Infectious Disease Epidemiology (3rd ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.

 

Characteristics of NHSN Acute Care Hospitals reporting to NHSN by State

 

Infection Control – Sentinel Events

 

Sepsis a Leading Cause of Death in U.S. Hospitals but Many Deaths May Not be Preventable

 

2018 National and State Healthcare-Associated Infections Progress Report

 

Geisinger detects source of NICU infections that killed 3 infants

 

Health Care-Associated Infections

 

Tawzhe Joint Commission

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