Infection Prevention is Everyone’s Business

Infection Prevention is Everyone’s Business

[ Music ]>>Do you know about sepsis? Sepsis is a deadly infection
that can shutdown major organs within hours or days if
not treated immediately. Sepsis is a medical emergency. I know from personal experience. My sister, Linda, while
recovering in the hospital after surgery became
infected with sepsis and even though doctors told
us that it was very serious and that Linda could
die, Linda did survive. A year later, my other
sister, Cathy, while recovering in the hospital after surgery
became infected with sepsis but Cathy did not survive. Our best defense against sepsis
is awareness and prevention. Never again do I want a family to experience what
my family and I have. When in the hospital as a
patient or even a visitor, it’s so important that you be
aware and you have to be safe. [ Music ]>>While we take
many precautions, healthcare associated
infections are always a risk in any hospital environment. Following the guidelines to prevent infection is the
responsibility of the staff, of you, and your visitors. Here’s an example of how
easily germs can spread and result in infection. [ Music ]>>Narrator: Whitney was
a sophomore in college, an excellent student, dreams and
goals, she came to be in post-op after having an appendectomy.>>Still doing a little
bit of everything.>>Yeah. Yeah. But this IV line
still really hurts.>>Well like I said I can try
moving it to the other arm.>>Yeah whatever you could do.>>Sure. [ Background sounds ] Is that a rash?>>Oh my cat scratched
me a few days ago. I told them when
they took my history.>>Okay. It shouldn’t
be a problem if the IV is down by the wrist.>>Thanks. Sorry to be such a bother.>>I’ll be back in
just a minute.>>Okay.>>Narrator: The probable source of the infection
was down the hall. Tom wasn’t even supposed
to still be there but he contracted a MRSA
infection at his surgical site. His daughter, Kelly,
unfortunately didn’t understand that even though she was just
a visitor she was also a part of the healthcare team.>>Hey, my dad could use an
extra pillow for his back.>>Okay, I’ll bring you
one in just a second.>>Narrator: Kelly had
been educated by a nurse about the barrier
precautions and the dangers of healthcare associated
infections but she didn’t quite grasp
how just one lapse can cause infection to spread. Dina? She was a good
nurse but was burned out with stresses
at work and home.>>I know you’re always busy with all the paperwork you’re
doing but if you get to us soon.>>Narrator: She wasn’t
going the extra mile to ensure the safety
of patients.>>I just need another
minute or two and then I will bring
you a pillow, yes.>>Okay, thanks.>>Narrator: She recognized
Kelly wasn’t using the gloves correctly but didn’t use
the opportunity to educate and didn’t take personal
responsibility for cleaning a potentially
contaminated surface.>>Whitney’s IV still hurts. I’m going to try moving
it to the other arm. Can you cover Mr.
Daniels for a few minutes?>>Yeah, I wasn’t going
to finish this anyway.>>Thanks.>>Narrator: An otherwise a
responsible new nurse is using gloves so she didn’t also feel
the need to wash her hands. [ Background sounds ]>>Oh that’s so much
better, thank you.>>Let me know if there’s
anything else you need.>>Is it cold in here?>>I don’t think so but I
can get you another blanket. Okay. [ Background sounds ]>>Narrator: Forty-eight hours
later the nursing assistant took Whitney’s vitals at shift change
including a temperature of 97 and blood pressure
of 90 over 60. By the time she reached
the ICU, she was suffering from organ failure as
a result of sepsis. And then –>>Hey Dr. Green, everyone,
the ICU just called me. Whitney from 204, she had a MRSA
infection in her bloodstream. She passed away.>>Oh my –>>[Music] The key to
preventing a situation like this is to protect
ourselves. If the airborne, contact or droplet signs are
posted outside your room, help us make sure that
everyone including staff and visitors follow the
directions when entering and leaving your room. This includes properly
using and disposing of gowns, gloves, and masks. By doing so, we can avoid
having a hospital visit result in a healthcare associated
infection. For more information
on these precautions that are needed during your stay
here at Strong, you can check with one of your
health team members or you can encourage
your visitors to check in at the information desk. Thank you very much for helping
us make the hospital a safer place for everyone. [ Music ]

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  1. What a tragic contradiction and a terrible mistake !!! People and especially women are advised to wipe front to back. That means it is realized the danger on t. paper use of UTI etc, and still everybody keep telling them to use t. paper! How somebody could be sure that the millions of microbes in the remaining feces film, would not later travel to their ouro-genitalia? Wouldn’t it be sensible to advise instead the use of a right bidet?

  2. This video was enlightening in terms of first aiders and the emphasis on minimising the spread of infection. Always good to see how things can go wrong, with the emphasis of educating fellow workers and students.

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