2022 Stronger - PH332 - Technology and Changing Culture Intensify Focus On Hospital-Acquired Conditions - On Demand

This session features a panel of health care leaders who will share their experiences and discuss the importance and impact of reinvesting in basic patient safety and patient care measures. The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center will share its successful implementation of an electronic hand hygiene system at a large academic medical center, including lessons learned and key strategies for successful adoption. Initial results demonstrated a 10% to 30% increase in hand hygiene compliance.


An uptrend with deep tissue injuries (DTIs) more than doubling year-over-year had Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital laser-focused on reducing hospital-acquired pressure injuries. By leveraging thermal imaging technology and identifying 43 cases that would have been deemed deep tissue injuries, the DTI rate has decreased by 88% year-over-year.


SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital identified an opportunity to reduce its catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs). Transitioning leaders to a culture of adverse event ownership and treating each CAUTI event like a plane crash — requiring urgent attention to prevent future harm — helped reduce CAUTIs overall.

Join us for this exciting panel discussion and stories of success in reducing hospital-acquired conditions.

Target Audience

  • Healthcare Quality Professionals
  • Nurses
  • Other Healthcare Professionals

Learning Objectives

Discuss how to create a culture of ownership where patient harm is unacceptable.

Identify three benefits and three challenges of implementing an electronic hand hygiene monitoring system.

Describe how to develop a thermal imaging protocol in your organization.

Additional Information

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Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 ANCC
  • 1.00 CPHQ – Certified Professional Healthcare Quality
  • 1.00 General CE – Attendance
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Justin F. Smyer, MBA, MPH, MLS(ASCP)CM, CIC, FAPIC, Director, Clinical Epidemiology, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, OH

Emily Hazelton, RN, MSN, Administrative Director of Nursing Operations, SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital, St. Louis, MO

Lindsay Werth, MSN, RN, CMSRN, CPPS, Patient Safety Program Manager, Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital, Lake Forest, IL

Mechelle Krause, MSN, APRN, AGCNS-BC, WCC, OMS, Clinical Practice Specialist Wound/Ostomy, Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital, Lake Forest, IL


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Disclosure Statements
Absence of Relevant Financial Relationships
None of the planners, faculty, or others in a position to control content for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, Vizient, Inc. is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Credit Types


Nurses (CNE)

Vizient, Inc. designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.00 ANCC contacts hours.

Healthcare Quality Professionals (CPHQ)

This activity is approved by NAHQ® for 1.00 CPHQ CE credits.

Other Healthcare Professionals (General CE Credit)

Vizient, Inc. will award a maximum of 1.00 contact hours to all other healthcare professionals who successfully complete the activity. These individuals will receive a Certificate of Participation indicating the maximum credits available.

Many state licensing boards and credentialing bodies accept certificates of participation from accredited CE activities to meet CE requirements for license renewals and re-certification. It is the responsibility of the participant to contact their state licensing board and/or certifying body for verification on credit eligibility reciprocity.


Available Credit

  • 1.00 ANCC
  • 1.00 CPHQ – Certified Professional Healthcare Quality
  • 1.00 General CE – Attendance
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