Quality Concepts

Author(s):
Elizabeth Monsees, RN, MSN, MBA, CIC Infection Control Practitioner

Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics
Kansas City, MO

Published:
October 3, 2014

Abstract

There are many approaches and strategies an individual or organization can use to demonstrate quality improvement. An infection preventionist often requires a toolbox approach to performance improvement in order to determine the best method to achieve a desired outcome. The infection preventionist will plan, implement, and evaluate strategies that ensure compliance with evidence-based practices and accreditation standards, and improve patient safety. An effective prevention and control program encompasses responsibility, collaboration, consultation, and a broad vision to look at community risks and resources. Infection preventionists must communicate evidence-based guidelines to leaders and staff within an organization and integrate the guidelines into a comprehensive program. A multidisciplinary approach helps the infection preventionist develop an organizationwide program that reduces the risk of infection to patients, families, and others and protects the community.