Infection Control Today

MAR 2019

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24 ICT March 2019 www.infectioncontroltoday.com Many respondents (60 percent) would even delay or cancel surgery due to fear of infection. And they were nearly unanimous in a desire for transparency by hospitals regarding surgical infection rates and prevention efforts in use including technology and innovation (>90 percent). The survey also revealed a strong desire for the use of new technology to enhance prevention efforts, with 74 percent indicating they would select a hospital that uses new technology for surgical infection prevention over any others. Most indicated a preference regarding learning about the technology directly from their surgeon versus through advertising or news media. Between 60 percent and 70 percent of respondents would drive 50 miles further to that hospital and would pay up to $500 out of pocket if needed to receive care from a hospital that uses new technology to support prevention of surgical infection. When given a choice between four categories of new surgical infection prevention technologies, most respondents 55 percent selected "a technology to prevent you from getting an infection at the area of surgery," instead of technology to make surgery more accurate, to make recovery faster, or to make surgery less expensive. When given a further choice regarding specifc types of surgical infection technology, most respondents (42 percent) selected "a device to remove bacteria from the operating room during surgery to reduce risk of infection," instead of surgical robot for placement of implant, 3D printed implant, device to prevent excessive bleeding. There was general agreement that the operating room staff and surgeon hold the greatest responsibility to ensure patient safety and prevent surgical infections. As patients become more informed consumers, introduction of technology to support the drive to zero preventable surgical infections may be the edge required to protect revenue and remain competitive in an increasingly challenging environment. Sue Barnes, RN, CIC, FAPIC, is a national infection prevention thought leader and policy specialist. Disclosure: the author provides consultation services to Aerobiotix. References: Millenson ML, Muhlestein DB, O'Donnell EM, Northam Jones DA, Haring RS, Merrill T, Weissman JS. Patient-centered care innovations by accountable care organizations: Lessons from leaders. Healthc (Amst). 2018 Dec 26. pii: S2213-0764(17)30191-4. Berríos-Torres SI, Umscheid CA, Bratzler DW, et al. CDC Guideline for the Prevention of Surgical Site Infection, 2017. JAMA Surg. 2017;152(8):784–791. Reynolds A. Patient-centered Care. Radiol Technol. 2009 Nov- Dec;81(2):133-47. Heath S. Patient Experience, Technology Top the List of CIO Priorities; Patient Engagement HIT online July 24, 2018. Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) It's OK to Ask Hand Hygiene: http://www.ihi.org/resources/Pages/Tools/ ItsOKtoAskHandHygienePamphlet.aspx Accessed January 3, 2019. The patients' perception of infection prevention and control in healthcare. Sept. 17, 2013. Hospital and Healthcare. https://www. hospitalhealth.com.au/content/clinical-services/news/the-patients- perception-of-infection-prevention-and-control-in-healthcare- 1404353893#axzz5bZXiINnY Accessed Jan. 3, 2019. Ò Te survey also revealed a strong desire for the use of new technology to enhance prevention eforts, with 74 percent indicating they would select a hospital that uses new technology for surgical infection prevention over any others. A new type of implant which is custom made for your personal anatomy with 3D printing A device which quickly seals blood vessels to prevent excessive bleeding during surgery A surgical robot which helps the surgeon place an implant with a high degree of accuracy A device to remove bacteria from the operating room during surgery to reduce risk of infection If a hospital near me adopted a new technology for surgery, and I needed surgery, the kind of technology I would be most excited about is:

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