The Virgin Islands HealthCare
Quality Improvement Organization
Health Care-Associated Infections in Hospitals
Hospitals that join in the QIO Program’s health care-associated infection (HAI) initiatives will contribute to as much as a 50% reduction in national HAI rates. The initiative will reduce central line-associated blood stream and catheter-associated urinary tract infections by implementing the Comprehensive Unit-Based Safety Program (CUSP); Clostridium difficile, and surgical site infections. Hospitals that participate in QIO initiatives can expect to receive technical assistance for reporting HAI data, as well as opportunities for peer-to-peer learning through the statewide LAN, access to and training on evidence-based tools like the central line checklist, support for rapid-cycle improvement, and strategies for spreading success within their hospital.
VIMI works one-on-one with healthcare professionals to improve the quality and reliability of patient care by identifying and reducing factors that may lead to harm. Facilities that engage in QIO Learning and Action Networks and improvement initiatives have access to valuable tools, resources and data reports measuring their progress.
We customize our services to complement each facility’s improvement goals. For example, by leading a root cause analysis, VIMI can help identify changes to processes of care that are most likely to result in better performance and optimum outcomes. Our staff maintains contact with partnering health care providers throughout the improvement initiative, using a combination of on-site consultations, ongoing email and phone support, Learning and Action Network meetings, webinars, and teleconferences, as well as educational training programs in which participants learn from experts and exchange evidence-based clinical interventions.
Learn more about HAIs from the CDC