Take The Visionary Approach

A career in healthcare is a commitment to improving the lives of those you care for or work with. You may work directly with patients, families or play a role in the healthcare product or services segment. Either way, it’s an opportunity to champion change, participate in patient safety initiatives and see your impact once those initiatives are in practice. We’d like to say, those who champion for patient safety take the Visionary approach. It’s an approach that ties closely into the moral core and can become quite a rewarding personal and professional journey.

A Visionary is someone who is not afraid to try something new to positively impact patient safety, improve processes, minimize negative impact, and advocates for professional integrity. The role of advocacy often falls to those with the most direct line to patient care, but a Visionary recognizes the responsibility belongs to all. We’d like to applaud this group of Visionaries for their contributions to patient safety.

Infection Preventionists, Meghann Holmes, RN, CIC and Samantha Green, RN had a goal to enhance their Infection Control Program. They envisioned a lofty goal to achieve zero hospital acquired infections (HAIs) and are well on their way with a 71% reduction in infection rates. Their story is one that speaks to the positive impact that came together with teamwork, a new comprehensive approach and program compliance. See their story here.

Necia Kimber, RN, BSN, MHA, CIC has been an Infection Preventionist for over 18 years. Her vision was identifying an evidence-based approach to tackle hospital acquired infections. Her facility didn’t face a high incidence of infection, however she wanted to ensure her team was doing the best they could. Her research led her to a 3 prong approach that drove hospital on-set C. diff infection rates to zero. See Necia’s story here.

Dr. Mark Povroznik, Pharm.d, Chief Quality Officer was seeking an alternative to an older Mercury-filled UVC machine that could provide a fast and effective approach to quickly reduce bacterial load. Keeping those low infection rates low was critical, with the goal being zero. Switching to the LightStrike Robots allowed his team to improve room turnover times and the enhancements made to their infection prevention strategy led to a 25% decrease in infection rates. See Dr. Provoznik’s story here.

Kristin Pickerell, Director of Quality and Clinical Effectiveness championed a project to enhance their existing standard of care for environmental disinfection. Her team’s vision was to incorporate a solution that could quickly remove bacterial load from hospital surfaces beyond their typical manual cleaning process. Their 76% reduction in HAI rates is attributed to teamwork, a planned approach and high program compliance. See Kristin’s story here.

Cardiothoracic Surgeon, James Neel’s objective was to provide his patients the best possible outcome. He wanted to ensure his patients experienced a smooth, speedy safe and infection free journey. Seeing other facilities achieve a significant reduction in class 1 SSIs with an enhanced disinfection program, he championed to incorporate the program and LightStrike Robots in his OR. See Dr. Neel’s story here.

As we face a continued uptick in antibiotic resistance and new, emerging diseases; it’s important to have a platform for Visionaries to help validate new solutions and enhanced infection prevention approaches. Our future depends on it.

Author: Amanda Berard, MS & Co-Author Kimberly Manganello

Credit Kim Manganello