In recognition of its success in reducing ventilator-associated pneumonia, UC Davis Medical Center has received a 2013 HAI WATCHDOG Award from Kimberly-Clark Health Care.
“HAI” stands for hospital-acquired infections. Kimberly-Clark created the HAI WATCHDOG Awards to recognize HAI champions who are making a difference in reducing and preventing these serious, often life-threatening infections. Because of the importance of HAIs to every health-care facility, the goal of the awards is to help publicize these HAI prevention initiatives and allow health-care providers to share and learn from each other.
UC Davis Medical Center received a first-place award for hospitals with more than 300 beds. Recognizing that ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) rates in its intensive care units prolonged patient stays and increased costs per patient, the medical center formed a team to reduce VAP rates in its ICUs. Within one year, the medical center decreased its VAP rate, with four ICUs reporting zero incidences of VAP. Overall, the team was able to enhance the safety and quality of patient care, and improved staff accountability and engagement.
"This award reflects UC Davis Medical Center's commitment to excellence always," said Jacqueline Stocking, program director of quality and safety at the medical center. "This significant achievement resulted from multiple factors: the multidisciplinary VAP reduction team's innovative leadership, staff members' unwavering quest to deliver safe and high-quality care, the use of evidence-based practices and products, and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation's generous support.
"We are grateful to Kimberly-Clark for its support and are humbled by this recognition."
The panel-judged entries were reviewed by health-care professionals with expertise in infection prevention and evaluated based on innovation and impact of program results. The clinician’s choice category recognizes education and awareness programs with non-measureable results and the winner was selected by online public voting of fellow healthcare professionals.
HAIs are the most frequent adverse event in health care worldwide, affecting hundreds of millions of patients each year. HAIs cost more Americans their lives than breast cancer and HIV/AIDS combined, accounting for nearly 99,000 deaths annually. Many of these infections are preventable.