Welcome to Infection Prevention Spotlight.
Hi everyone. My name is Kara Mullane. I’m a nurse, infection preventionist and CIC. If you’re not sure what CIC is, it’s Certified in Infection Control. I’ve been a nurse since 2005 and I’ve been in infection prevention since 2011. I’m really excited to come to you today and introduce the Infection Prevention Spotlight Podcast.
This podcast is the place for anyone responsible for Infection Prevention and keeping their patients, residents, or staff safe. It is a place for IPs to be heard, to feel connected to others doing what you do and understanding how hard it is. You are not alone out there!
It has been a long time coming...
for the infection Preventionist to have a voice. We all get bogged down with multiple responsibilities in the hospital and the surgery center and all the other myriad of places where we work. But really to have a place that we can go, where we can express what it is to be responsible for all areas of infection prevention.
Where we can come and really talk about the issues, the need to keep up with all the research, the best practices. It’s not easy! When we have so much to do that we can barely breathe while we’re at work. So in order to keep up, we have to do so home if we even get to it with all our personal responsibilities. Yikes!
So part of what I would like to do with Infection Prevention Spotlight is be a place where I will be interviewing folks from all different areas, Industry leaders, other infection Preventionists, Peri-op nurses, EMTs, manufacturers of devices, and even folks that unfortunately have gotten a healthcare associated infection.
We’re all interested in keeping our patients safe, keeping the general population safe and included in what I would like to do is actually reach out to folks that have been in the hospital or have been in a surgery center that have gotten a healthcare-associated infection. It’s a big deal and we know it every day when we go to work. Someone has a new CAUTI. Someone has a CLABSI, another C. diff. But to put a face, to put a voice, to the scenario of what happened, what it meant when they had a knee surgery and then two months later, with a full blown infection they face serious life altering consequences. I truly feel that the more we can connect, the more our team connects with the actual people who get these healthcare associated infections, the better we will get at prevention.
Healthcare-associated infections are a huge...,
huge issue, for the individual and family on the receiving end, and for the Infection Preventionist and Team performance, but also financially for the facility. With pay-for-performance, it’s a big issue for hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and rehab centers to really make sure that they have the processes and the procedures, the staff, the know-how to prevent these healthcare associated infections. All the tools in place to keep their patients safe, their Medicare funding secure, and their reputation intact.
No Harm! That’s the mantra around the Risk / Quality Department and that them has to flow to the rest of the facility. Infection Prevention Spotlight is here to help, to provide support, and to hopefully motivate and excite all of us on our Journey to Zero HAIs!
One way Infection Prevention Spotlight will help is with the second podcast each week.
The second weekly podcast spotlights the American Journal of Infection Control and their article abstracts.
You want to keep up-to-date but sometimes you just can’t, so let me help you.
I will be reading the American Journal of Infection Control, the abstracts. I know as an Infection Preventionist, I often don’t have time to go through and read the entire journal.