Technology’s Role in Reducing HAI

Presented by

Danielle Bowie, DNP, RN, NE-BC Vice President of Nursing Workforce Development Bon Secours Mercy Health

About this talk

Healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs) remain a significant cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States. Much time has been dedicated to creating protocols and procedures to reduce infection, but the role of technology is sometimes overlooked. Technology can decrease the risk of HAIs, but, paradoxically, can also contribute to them by transmitting bacteria via contaminated computer screens. These bacteria can cause infection not just in patients, but in clinicians as well. Learn how to ensure technology works for—not against—you and your colleagues as you work to reduce HAIs and protect both you and your patients. This fast-paced webinar will include: • How dirty computer screens and cell phones can put your patients at risk, as shown by research results • How to avoid this risk by setting up cleaning and disinfecting procedures that fit into nurses’ workflow • How to work with IT and multidisciplinary teams to create protocols in the electronic health record to flag patients at risk for HAIs such as sepsis (1) Please see the HP Privacy Statement.

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