Traditional infection rates are complex to understand and not easily accessible to the medical staff. Before applying this leading practice, complex statistics (prevalence, incidence, e.g., 0.008 per 10,000 patient days) was information only accessible to managers. Their popularization was complex. That did not help in applying preventive measures for infection control because the medical staff and ancillary services did not see the impact of their action on the decrease or increase in the number of cases. Moreover, these rates were on a global scale, and were only disseminated by email and so they did not reach the medical staff. Therefore, we broke new ground by creating personalized infectious disease acquisition reports by department. Produced quarterly and presented in person at team meetings and via paper and Web postings, each report includes the hand hygiene rate for the period, the target to reach, as well as the gross number of acquisitions per microorganism as well as the related recommendations. This easy-to-use tool now reunites all stakeholders and facilitates comprehension and communication. It was the subject of a survey where the satisfaction rate was very high.
References:
1-R. Edwards, et al. (2012). Communication strategies in acute health care: evaluation within the context of infection prevention and control
2-Pavani et al. (2010), A baseline study of communication networks related to evidence-based infection prevention practices in an intensive care unit.
3-Pavani R. (2013). Effective Communication Network structures for hospital infection prevention: a study protocol.

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