Kelly Gray-Eurom, MD, chief quality officer at UF Health Jacksonville, emphasizes how reducing infection rates in the hospital involves many departments working together.
“The new protocol has not only improved patient safety by reducing the number of MRSA infections, but it has also shown that a multidisciplinary team can work quickly and effectively to translate documented evidence in the literature to better clinical outcomes,” Gray-Eurom said.
Neilsen and his team continue to meticulously track the number of bloodstream infections, using funds from an awarded research grant. They hope to see continued decreases as they learn more about strains of MRSA and the most effective ways to prevent and treat the bacteria.
“It’s a good example of people coming together to implement an evidence-based intervention and make it happen in a short amount of time,” Neilsen said.
According to Gray-Eurom, the program goal has now moved from implementation to standardization to ensure lasting cultural change.
“From the patient perspective, this is yet another way our organization is evolving practices to increase patient safety,” Gray-Eurom said. “The excellent outcomes of the new process have given staff an increased trust that infection prevention and quality leadership are at the forefront of translating research into action.”