Experts Team to Reduce HAIs

  Experts Team to Reduce HAIs

  Unique 3M-hosted summit brings together interdisciplinary teams to develop
                      solutions for real lifechallenges

Business Wire

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- November 01, 2012

For Denise Castelli, the Infection Prevention Leadership Summit provides hope
— hope that healthcare teams will continue striving for new solutions to
combat healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). Denise knows the impact of
HAIs all too well. As a senior center fielder at the University of New Haven,
Conn., Denise suffered a broken leg while playing in one of her final college
softball games.A leg infection ensued, keeping Denise on the sidelines for
the next 15 months. After suffering through more than 30surgeries to combat
the surgical site infection, Denise had her right leg amputated below the
knee. Denise’s story is a poignant reminder that, despite the best efforts of
passionate health care workers, HAIs still occur.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HAIs remain
a significant threat to patient health and recovery and the financial
viability of healthcare facilities. Approximately one in 20^1hospitalized
patients acquires an HAI, with an estimated annual direct medical cost to
hospitals between $28.4 and $45billion^2. The cost benefits of prevention
range from $5.7 billion (assuming 20 percent of infections are preventable) to
as much as $31.5 billion (assuming 70 percent of infections are
preventable)^3. But, new approaches are needed that focus on leadership and
collaboration across disciplines to achieve sustainable HAI reduction. This
was the focus of the 2012 Infection Prevention Leadership Summit (IPLS) hosted
by the 3M Infection Prevention Division and its partners Sage Products‚
Belimed and Rochester Medical, the only educational event of its kind to bring
together key professional associations and interdisciplinary participants to
exclusively focus on leadership in HAI reduction.

More than 30 teams representing healthcare facilities from all regions of the
United States, Brazil, Canada and the Netherlands convened at the 3M
Innovation Center in St. Paul, Minn., this week to tackle real-world business
cases and challenges related to achieving sustainable HAI reduction. Unlike
other meetings, IPLS brought together cross-functional teams for working
sessions and leadership training. By focusing on their own real business
cases, the teams emerged with solutions and ideas they can put into practice
at their facilities.

“This summit provided a unique chance for us to see how other facilities are
approaching their challenges and business cases and how we can put these key
learnings and leadership skills into practice at our own facility,” said
Valerie Prager, RN, Epidemiology, Cedars-Sinai Medical System.

Teams representing the various areas within the hospital were invited to
attend the annual summit that spanned members of the infection control,
sterilization, operating room and environmental services departments within
their respective hospitals. Seven professional organizations, including the
Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN), and the International
Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM),
provided mentors to the hospital teams to provide leadership coaching during
the on-site summit working sessions. On the final day of the summit, selected
teams presented key takeaways and solutions to a select panel of hospital
executives. All teams were able to sit in on these sessions and final
presentations, providing learning and coaching opportunities for all present.

“One of the biggest issues facing the healthcare system today in the fight
against HAIs is the breakdown in communication within the hierarchy of a
facility. Many teams at IPLS were working on this specific challenge,” said E.
Patchen Dellinger, M.D., University of Washington Medical Center and past
president of the Surgical Infection Society (SIS). “The summit provided an
opportunity to hear what is working for others and allowed teams opportunities
to develop strategies they can use to achieve universal adherence in their own

The Summit was a collaborative effort co-sponsored by 3M‚ Sage Products‚
Belimed and Rochester Medical, in partnership with the following professional
associations: SHEA‚ APIC‚ AORN‚ IAHCSMM‚ NPFS, SIS and AHE. The University of
St. Thomas Physician Leadership Program developed the Summit curriculum
focused on Leading Change for Sustainable HAI Reduction.

“To eliminate HAIs, we need to identify new strategies and solutions, as well
as teach healthcare professionals the necessary leadership skills to implement
change within their facilities,” said LindaGroah, CEO/executive director of
AORN. “The IPLS provides a unique opportunity to do both and reinforces the
collaborative approach needed for sustainable success.”

3M continues to lead the way with innovative approaches to the IPLS format and
in providing opportunities to help healthcare facilities reduce HAIs. The
format for 2012 was built on research and attendee feedback from last year’s
event. The team approach builds on the call-to-action white paper authored by
the 2011 IPLS attendees, subject matter experts, noted faculty, professional
society leaders and industry partners. The paper titled, Educate‚ Empower‚
Engage: A Collaborative Interdisciplinary Call to Action for Reducing Surgical
Site Infection, is available through the 3M Infection Prevention Leadership
Summit website.

About 3M Infection Prevention
3M Infection Prevention Division is truly on a mission to help reduce
healthcare-associated infections through its infection prevention solutions.
With its system of people, products and processes, 3M remains a trusted
partner committed to helping hospitals reduce the risk of infections, improve
patient outcomes and control their bottom lines. Learn more at

About 3M Health Care
3M Health Care offers solutions in the medical‚ oral care‚ drug delivery‚ food
safety and health information markets. We have an unparalleled ability to
connect people‚ insights‚ science and technology to think beyond today‚ solve
problems‚ and make better health possible. Our culture of collaboration
empowers us to discover and deliver practical‚ proven solutions that enable
our customers to protect and improve the health of people around the world.
Learn more

About Belimed
At Belimed, Inc.,, our goal is to ensure absolute customer
confidence in sterile processing areas through a unique and forward thinking
approach.We provide solutions that can increase the efficiency of SPD’s by
delivering clean, disinfected and sterilized instruments to the ORby reducing
waste and variation in processes resulting inlower operational costs,
significantly reduced water consumption, andan enhanced working environment
for SPD staff. We are a leading provider of medical Sterile Processing systems
and solutions for hospitals and health care systems across the Unites States,
and around the world.

About Rochester Medical Corporation
Rochester Medical Corporation develops, manufactures and markets disposable
medical catheters and devices for urological and continence care applications.
The company also sells certain ostomy and wound and scar care products and
other brands of urological products into the European marketplace. For more
information about Rochester Medical and its products, visit

About Sage Products Inc.
Since 1971, Sage Products has developed innovative healthcare products trusted
by healthcare facilities worldwide. Sage has a core belief in prevention—that
simple, evidence-based interventions will yield extraordinary outcomes. The
company's goal is to help improve patient safety and outcomes by preventing
healthcare-associated pneumonias, surgical site infections,skin
breakdown,and other adverse events. Industry-leading brands include Q-Care^®
Oral Hygiene, Sage^® 2% Chlorhexidine Gluconate Cloths for preoperative skin
preparation, Comfort Bath^®Washcloths, Comfort Shield^®Barrier Cream Cloths,
Prevalon^®Pressure-Relieving Heel Protector and the Prevalon^®Turn &
Position System. Learn more at



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