Quality Concepts

Author(s):
Elizabeth Monsees, PhD, RN, CIC, FAPIC Antibiotic Stewardship Program Manager

Senior Patient Care Services Researcher
Patient Care Services Research
Children’s Mercy Kansas City
Kansas City, MO
Assistant Professor
University of Missouri – Kansas City, School of Medicine

Published:
October 3, 2014
Declarations of Conflicts of Interest:
  • Elizabeth Monsees reports no conflicts of interest.

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.