The Role of the Infection Preventionist

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Effective Antimicrobial Management Programs (AMP) call for physicians, pharmacists, nurses, microbiologists and infection preventionists to work together to achieve optimal patient treatment, avoid unnecessary treatment, and prevent the emergency of multiple-drug resistant organisms.

AMP’s are important to the overall Infection Prevention efforts of a healthcare organization. At HCA Healthcare, we focused a lot of energy on targeting specific organisms or infections and had good success. For example, our AIM for Zero Central Line-associated Bloodstream Infection (CLABSI) efforts have reduced CLABSI within the ICU by 57.4%  since 2006. We’ve also seen a 16% decrease in hospital onset healthcare acquired C. difficile among all inpatients since 2008 thanks to our C. difficile ABC program.

Preventing infections is a team effort. Still, there is one role in particular that plays a pivotal part; the Infection Preventionist. HCA Healthcare’s director of infection prevention, Julia Moody, discusses the role of the Infection Preventionist in this blog posting for the CDC.

About HCA Healthcare

HCA Healthcare, one of the nation's leading providers of healthcare services, is comprised of 182 hospitals and more than 2,300 sites of care, in 20 states and the United Kingdom. Our more than 283,000 colleagues are connected by a single purpose — to give patients healthier tomorrows.

As an enterprise, we recognize the significant responsibility we have as a leading healthcare provider within each of the communities we serve, as well as the opportunity we have to improve the lives of the patients for whom we are entrusted to care. Through the compassion, knowledge and skill of our caregivers, and our ability to leverage our scale and innovative capabilities, HCA Healthcare is in a unique position to play a leading role in the transformation of care.

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