Concurrent Education Session - 60 minutes
All successful health organizations strive for multidisciplinary care. Providers’ time is hard to come by, nurses seems to always be running the railroad, and involving parents and family can be perceived as somewhat challenging. The culture at Randall Children’s Hospital promotes transparency and empowers the healthcare team to engage parents in their child’s care. This includes bedside review after identification of healthcare-associated infection (HAI) events. When a HAI event occurs, a root cause analysis (or “drill-down”) is done at the child’s bedside with a multidisciplinary team that includes clinical staff, quality and patient safety team members, unit and hospital leadership, and, most importantly, the patient and their caregiver. During these bedside huddles, the team affirms proper processes (known as standard work confirmation), identifies learning opportunities, and closes the loop on communication for all those involved in care delivery. HAI reviews are shared with all units and executive leadership as patient stories. Each of our Legacy Health hospitals shares these patient stories as a way to “bring the patient into the room” and to help clarify both the context and the importance of the work we are leading. Come along for the ride as we adventure down the HAI drill-down tracks and discuss various approaches of engaging our families and bedside providers. We’ll share the challenges we encountered, what works well, and of course, celebrate the “wins” we can all achieve when the patient is at the center of our work. At the end of this ride, you will have the knowledge and tools to realize that it was not a train wreck after all.
Pediatric Infection Control Practitioner
Dennis Kan is the Pediatric Infection Control Practitioner for Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel located in Portland, Oregon. Dennis has a proactive mentality when it comes to prevention of hospital associated infections and patient events rather than a reactive prospective. Dennis realized early in his career the benefits and importance of multidisciplinary team approach and empowering parents to provide optimal and safest care to our patient population. Dennis has vast interests, including infectious diseases epidemiology, innovative education methods, transforming data into information, and organizational culture driving quality improvement initiatives.
Dennis’ clinical background includes hematology/oncology and bone marrow transplant, pediatric cardiovascular critical care, and inpatient clinical informatics. Dennis received his undergraduate education from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona, earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing with a minor in Biology. Dennis subsequently pursued his graduate degree at the University of Washington School of Nursing in Seattle, Washington, earning a Master of Science with a concentration in Clinical Informatics and Patient Center Technology.
Infection Prevention Manager
St. Luke's Health System
Aimee Baerlocher, MPH, CIC, FAPIC., Infection Prevention Manager, St. Luke's Health System, Boise, Idaho
Aimee Baerlocher is an Infection Prevention Manager for St. Luke's Health System in Boise, Idaho. Aimee earned her undergraduate degrees in Sports Science and Nutrition from the University of Idaho and a Master of Public Health (MPH) from Idaho State University. She has been board Certified in Infection Control and Epidemiology (CIC) since 2007 and recently was named a Fellow of the Association of Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (FAPIC). Aimee is the first Infection Preventionist in Idaho to have achieved this status. Aimee has held multiple board positions on the Intermountain Region APIC Chapter since 2006 and currently is on the national APIC Member Services Committee.
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