American Sentinel’s guide helps nurses build leadership skills they can use to minimize the occurrence of hospital-acquired infections (HAIs). This e-book can serve as a health care professionals go-to resource for basic intervention methods and prevention measures for a successful nursing career.
What if you found out there was a tool that could help you advocate for your patients and potentially keep them a bit safer during their hospitalization? And what if you also discovered this tool was completely free and easily available to you? This scenario may sound too good to be true – but it is, in fact, the truth. American Sentinel University has created an e-book that compiles all the core nursing strategies for preventing hospital-acquired infections (HAIs). You can download it today and refer to it over and over again.
Hospitals are meant to be places of healing, yet every year an estimated 1.7 million Americans will develop a health care associated infection (HAI) while hospitalized – and 99,000 patients will die from one, according to the department of Health and Human Services. These secondary infections are devastating to the hospital’s bottom line and put an enormous burden on the health care system as a whole, with a total dollar cost between $28 and $33 billion a year.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that three types of infections account for roughly two-thirds of all HAIs:
- Catheter associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI)
- Ventilator associated pneumonia (VAP)
- Central line associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI)
As a nurse, you use your knowledge every day to recognize conditions that might cause a complication or breakdown in care and to select an appropriate intervention. You can also play a vital role in minimizing the occurrence of HAIs. In fact, CDC guidelines include nursing-specific interventions for the prevention of each of them. Many of these nursing interventions are considered core strategies – defined by the CDC as those that are backed by high levels of scientific evidence and have demonstrated feasibility.
To help your patients avoid an unnecessary HAI, you need to know how the infection develops, which prevention strategies are recommended, and why it’s critical to follow the guidelines. You’ll find all this information and more in our e-book. This guide will serve as an overview to the HAI risk factors and basic prevention measures that every nurse should be aware of, with additional resources listed at the end of each section.
In this resource learn how you can help to prevent:
CAUTI – Nurses are responsible for managing indwelling urinary catheters, and therefore in the best position to effectively employ core strategies to help prevent CAUTIs. For too long, CAUTIs were expected and accepted by nurses, due to a widespread (and erroneous) belief that colonization of the urinary tract by bacteria was inevitable in the catheterized patient.
VAP – This is the most fatal of the hospital acquired infections, with higher mortality rates than either central line infections or sepsis. Core strategies for preventing VAP focus on interrupting the three most common mechanisms by which it develops: the aspiration of secretions, the colonization of the aerodigestive tract, and the use of contaminated equipment.
CLABSI – All nurses should be aware of the “central line bundle.” The term refers to a group of five evidence-based strategies for the insertion and management of central lines. When implemented together, the bundled strategies result in better outcomes – and lower CLABSI rates – than when each strategy is implemented individually.
And if you’re interested in planning, implementing and evaluating infection prevention and control measures, consider making this field your career specialty. As a first step, you can develop new skills and empower yourself with knowledge through an online RN to MSN degree with a specialization in infection control from American Sentinel University, an innovative, accredited provider of online nursing degrees.