Certification represents an Infection Preventionist’s and an organization’s commitment to infection prevention and patient safety. It also signals to your employer and your colleagues that you are committed to professional growth in the field of infection prevention/ and control.
Minnesota NHSN User Group
The Minnesota Hospital NHSN User Group is one of your resources for staying up-to-date on NHSN reporting. This group meets via webinar and phone conference from 1-2 p.m. the third Thursday of every other month (Jan, Mar, May, Jul, Sep, Nov). It is coordinated by the Collaborative HAI Network (CHAIN) and hosted by the Minnesota Hospital Association. The meeting agenda includes:
- CDC/NHSN Updates
- Timely information regarding HAI reporting
- Case studies
- Other relevant updates and educational offerings
For more information, visit the CHAIN website at http://mnreducinghais.org/.
- Interactive Case Studies
- Having difficulty figuring out if a case qualifies as an infection? Or do you just have questions about applying NHSN criteria? Send your tough cases or areas of confusion to Case Study Coordinator Lisa Hesse, MLS, CIC at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will address submissions at the User Group meeting for discussion and if we’re still stumped Lisa can send it on to NHSN for further clarification. You can remain totally anonymous, and no problem is too big or too small.
CHAIN - Collaborative HAI Network
The Collaborative Healthcare-Associated Infection Network (CHAIN) develops and helps carry out effective approaches for reducing and preventing healthcare-associated infections in Minnesota. APIC MN, the Minnesota Department of Health, the Minnesota Hospital Association, and Stratis Health formed CHAIN in 2011.
The Road Map to a Comprehensive Healthcare-Associated Infection (HAI) Prevention Program provides evidence-based recommendations and standards for Minnesota hospitals to develop comprehensive HAI prevention programs. The road map reflects published literature and guidelines by relevant professional organizations and regulatory agencies, as well as identified best practices.
Healthcare-associated infections (HAI) prevention goals are achieved through interventions focused on hand hygiene, transmission precautions, injection practices, antimicrobial stewardship, environmental cleaning and evidence-based clinical bundles. The partnership is focusing on reducing and preventing the following infections:
- CLABSI: central line associated bloodstream infections
- CAUTI: catheter associated urinary tract infections
- CDI, C. diff: clostridium difficile infections
- SSI: surgical site infections
This work aligns with the work of other groups focusing on patient safety, adverse event reporting, transforming care at the bedside, and quality reporting and improvement. The initial focus for prevention is on infections occurring in the hospital setting.