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Southwestern Vermont Medical Center - Bennington, VT
Southwestern Vermont Medical Center is a rural facility with fewer than 100 beds, serving Bennington County, Vermont, and neighboring New York state and Massachusetts.
How they did it: The focus of SVMC's project was to reduce their rate of Clostridium difficile, which was above reported averages. "Our rate of infection averaged 13.62 per 10,000 patient-days," related Wilma Salkin, Infection Prevention Coordinator. Salkin highlighted teamwork as a contributing factor in the success of their project. "Nursing and Environmental Services were an integral part of the success." Use of the Halo Disinfection System, from Halosil International, also was a factor in reducing the rate of C difficile. The new product necessitated a change in routine, which again, was resolved by teamwork. "The Infection Prevention team worked with Nursing to accept an increase in turnaround time for discharge procedures," explained Salkin.
Salkin described the role of the Halo Disinfection System in their successful project. "A hydrogen peroxide with silver aerosol disinfection process, using the Halo Disinfection System from Halosil International, was introduced for all rooms having served patients on precautions, including both C difficile and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus," continued Salkin. "This included house-wide periodic cleaning, for example, in the Emergency Department, on a monthly basis." The product was so effective in reducing infection, noted Salkin, that they expanded its use. "The Halo Disinfection System equipment is now used in our long-term care facility. We continue to monitor outcomes and verify the process is continuing."
Results: "The campaign to reduce C difficile began in December 2012. In March 2014, a significant reduction in the rate of C difficile infection was reported: 4.70 cases per 10,000 patient days. The progress continues: the current rate of C difficile cases is 3.73 per 10,000 patient days. Southwestern Vermont Medical Center has been able to sustain the reduced rate of infection, "with some small fluctuations," noted Salkin.
by Susan Cantrell, ELS