How to Decrease Hospital Acquired Infections with the Power of Healthcare Data

How much time do you routinely spend on hospital-acquired infection (HAI) surveillance activities and reporting for Central-Line Associated Bloodstream Infections (CLABSIs) and Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTIs)? Do you wish you could decrease surveillance waste and spend more time preventing hospital acquired infections?

A client of ours just reduced their time for CLABSI and CAUTI surveillance activities by 90%.

The Problem With Healthcare Surveillance

CLABSIs and CAUTIs are largely preventable infections that typically result in longer patient stays, increased mortality, as well as increased care costs- estimated at over $20,000 per CLABSI.

Infection prevention teams who could otherwise be making interventions to decrease HAIs spend many hours tracking lab results and reviewing clinical data to identify nosocomial infections.  Add the hours required for internal and external reporting and you’ll soon discover infection preventionists spending more time chasing data than intervening to prevent HAIs.

Hospital reporting requirements for HAIs are increasing, resulting in the need for broaden the scope of their surveillance efforts.  The issue many hospitals and health systems face is how to streamline surveillance activities in order to shift resources from surveillance activities toward infection prevention activities that result in improved patient outcomes, while meeting expanding HAI reporting requirements.

Use Data to Reduce Healthcare Surveillance

Health Catalyst solutions use the power of data to reduce healthcare surveillance efforts. These solutions include:

  • Health Catalyst Late-bindingTM data warehouse that enables fast integration of clinical, financial and patient satisfaction data and faster time to results
  • HAI Advanced Applications, including the implementation of automated clinical algorithms that adhere to National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) definitions
  • Accurate calculation of denominators needed to accurately determine infection rates, such as device days and patient days
  • Easy-to-consume visualizations employing Gantt charts, gauges and trend lines that enable clinicians to quickly and easily evaluate changes in infection rates.
  • Evidence-based practice intervention recommendations for compliance tracking
  • IDEA platform for compliance tracking
  • Governance and deployment models that supports multi-disciplinary quality improvement initiatives

How Well Does a Data Driven Approach Work?

For six months, our client compared Health Catalyst late-binding TM data warehouse (EDW) results against results gathered through complete chart reviews over the same time period. The results were impressive. Use of the EDW-enabled algorithms produced an average 90 percent reduction in resources required to conduct surveillance.  In addition, EDW-enabled algorithms increased the accuracy of HAI cases identified by identifying cases missed using traditional surveillance approaches.

Clinicians now have more time to focus on infection prevention interventions instead of manual surveillance waste.

Of course it’s not just the technology, like an enterprise data warehouse, that drives results. Additional key factors for ensuring the success experienced by our client include:

  • Strong leadership from administration and buy-in from infection prevention team members
  • Multi-disciplinary team— including infection preventionists, clinicians, technical, financial, quality and clinical improvement departments working together.
  • Infection Prevention leadership with the vision to transform time consuming surveillance waste into intervention for infection prevention.

Start now – How are you addressing the issue of intervention to decrease HAI while supporting expanding mandated surveillance and reporting requirements?

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