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Preventing Healthcare-associated Infections

Connie Cutler, RN, MS, CIC, FSHEA
Director, Infection Prevention
Main Line Health, Bryn Mawr, PA

Background:

connie-cutlerConnie has been an infection preventionist for over 30 years. She started out in healthcare working in a small hospital after receiving Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Biology. The specialty of Infection Control (as it was called at that time) was just beginning and with her knowledge of biology, she felt that becoming a nurse would be a great way to utilize her combined educational backgrounds. She graduated from an accelerated nursing program and has worked in various hospitals and systems in this field ever since. In her current role as Director of Infection Prevention at Main Line Health System, she works with healthcare professionals on implementing evidence-based performance improvement activities that decrease a patient’s risk of developing an infection while in the hospital, with the ultimate goal of reaching zero preventable infections.

Overview:

About 5% of patients admitted to U.S. hospitals develop healthcare-associated infections. This can be a result of not washing hands, not caring for devices that go into the body such as a urinary catheter. This show will talk about ways to lessen the chance this will happen to you or a loved one.

3 Key Points:

  1. Don’t be afraid to ask healthcare professionals to use hand hygiene before touching you or a loved one.
  2. Use medical devices (IV, urinary catheter, etc.) for the shortest time possible.
  3. Cleanse your skin at home prior to a scheduled surgery.

 

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