What percentage of Your actual Hospital Acquired Infections are Being Captured in Your Risk Events and Incident Platform

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Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs) represent a critical challenge in healthcare, affecting patient safety, care quality, and financial outcomes. HAIs are considered as a risk for Hospital’s Risk and Incident management team AND also an area that the quality should monitor and improve. In that sense, they are another example of how risk and quality are two sides of the same coin.

Most risk platforms used in hospitals today are equipped with forms specifically designed for documenting HAIs. These forms are intended to track incidents of infections acquired within the hospital setting, providing a basis for improving infection control practices. However, the effectiveness of these forms is often undermined by systemic issues in data capture and reporting.

The under-capturing of the data can be identified by comparing the data from the risk platform to the events reported in the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) platform. This discrepancy suggests that hospitals may be operating with an incomplete understanding of the risk from the infection rates, leading to potential gaps in their infection control measures.

How Dexur Helps

Automated Reconciliation of Infection Counts to Identify Data Capture Issues

Dexur addresses this issue by integrating quality and risk management systems (See this video, especially from the 16:30 mark). This integration involves a thorough comparison of HAI data recorded in risk platforms with that reported in the NHSN platform. Through this process, Dexur can automatically identify systemic data-capturing issues of HAI.

AI-Assisted CAPA and RCA

To bridge this gap, Dexur provides a robust framework for identifying and implementing improvement opportunities through Corrective and Preventive Actions (CAPA) and Root Cause Analysis (RCA). By employing CAPA, hospitals can systematically address the underlying causes of HAIs, implementing targeted interventions to prevent recurrence. RCA helps in identifying the root causes of infection incidents, providing a clear pathway for corrective measures.

The issue of underreported HAIs presents a significant opportunity for healthcare institutions. By delving deeper into their HAI data and adopting a more integrated approach to quality and risk management, hospitals can uncover hidden infection risks and take proactive steps to mitigate them. This process not only improves patient safety but also enhances the hospital’s overall quality metrics and reputation.