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Between 1999 and 2008, the rate of Clostridium difficile (or C-diff) infections in Illinois hospitals doubled. In response to the increase in this serious infection, the Illinois Department of Public Health initiated a C-diff Quality Improvement Collaborative, together with IFMC-IL, the Illinois Quality Improvement Organization. Launched in March 2010, the Collaborative challenged 20 hospitals to reduce their C-diff rates by 20% in 18 months.
Given that a clean healthcare environment is critical in reducing the occurrence of C-diff infections, environmental service workers play a vital role in efforts to decrease rates of C-diff and other types of healthcare-associated infections. Preventing transmission of these infections protects patients, staff, and visitors in healthcare settings.
This video shows the strategies that two hospitals used to engage their environmental service workers to meet this challenge.
Runtime- 15 minutes