Presentation Title

The Environment is the Source

Faculty Mentor

Alfonso Torress-Cooke

Start Date

18-11-2017 2:15 PM

End Date

18-11-2017 3:15 PM

Location

BSC-Ursa Minor 118

Session

Poster 3

Type of Presentation

Poster

Subject Area

health_nutrition_clinical_science

Abstract

Environmental contamination has been associated with over half of the outbreaks in hospitals. We explored if a hospital-wide environmental and patient cleaning protocol would lower hospital acquired infection rates and associated costs. This study evaluates the impact of implementing a hospital-wide environmental and patient cleaning protocol on the rate of hospital acquired infection and the potential cost benefit of the intervention. A pre-post interventional study design was used at Beverly Hospital in Montebello, California. The intervention comprised a combination of enhanced environmental cleaning of high touch surfaces, daily washing of patients with benzalkonium chloride, and targeted isolation patients with active infection. The rate of MRSA infection per 1000 patient days was compared with the rate after the intervention was implemented. A cost-benefit analysis based on the number of MRSA infections avoided was conducted. The MRSA rates decreased by 96% from 3.04 per 1000 patient days to 0.11 per 1000 patient days. This reduction in MRSA infections, avoided an estimated of $1,655,143 in healthcare costs. Implementation of his hospital-wide protocol appears to be associated with a reduction in the rate of hospital acquired infection and therefore a reduction in associated healthcare costs.

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Nov 18th, 2:15 PM Nov 18th, 3:15 PM

The Environment is the Source

BSC-Ursa Minor 118

Environmental contamination has been associated with over half of the outbreaks in hospitals. We explored if a hospital-wide environmental and patient cleaning protocol would lower hospital acquired infection rates and associated costs. This study evaluates the impact of implementing a hospital-wide environmental and patient cleaning protocol on the rate of hospital acquired infection and the potential cost benefit of the intervention. A pre-post interventional study design was used at Beverly Hospital in Montebello, California. The intervention comprised a combination of enhanced environmental cleaning of high touch surfaces, daily washing of patients with benzalkonium chloride, and targeted isolation patients with active infection. The rate of MRSA infection per 1000 patient days was compared with the rate after the intervention was implemented. A cost-benefit analysis based on the number of MRSA infections avoided was conducted. The MRSA rates decreased by 96% from 3.04 per 1000 patient days to 0.11 per 1000 patient days. This reduction in MRSA infections, avoided an estimated of $1,655,143 in healthcare costs. Implementation of his hospital-wide protocol appears to be associated with a reduction in the rate of hospital acquired infection and therefore a reduction in associated healthcare costs.