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Grand Itasca Earns Minnesota Hospital Association LEAPT Recognition

8/17/2015

Grand Rapids, MN – Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital was recently honored for leading hospitals across the state in improvements to cleaning procedures and hygiene standards. As part of the Minnesota Hospital Association’s (MHA) Leading Edge Advanced Practice Topics (LEAPT) project, Grand Itasca acted as one of the exploratory hospitals, working with MHA and a few mentor hospitals.

 

Grand Rapids, MN – Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital was recently honored for leading hospitals across the state in improvements to cleaning procedures and hygiene standards. As part of the Minnesota Hospital Association’s (MHA) Leading Edge Advanced Practice Topics (LEAPT) project, Grand Itasca acted as one of the exploratory hospitals, working with MHA and a few mentor hospitals.

As an exploratory hospital, Grand Itasca tested and refined measures and provided feedback on measures during the design of the project. The project had two focuses, one being hand hygiene the other being environmental cleaning, with the ultimate goal of reducing C. Diff Infection (CDI) rates across the state.

Lynn Schweiberger, RN, Grand Itasca Quality Director, explained that, “through this year long venture, we applied the human factors approach to hand hygiene by using a Hand Hygiene Human Factors Toolkit and behavioral/cognitive approaches to the process. We also have adopted the environmental cleaning and supervision model to insure standardized, evidence based practices for environmental cleaning of our patient rooms.”

Grand Itasca collected data on hand hygiene compliance, performed environmental black light tests and reported the findings to MHA. MHA then scored each hospital on early identification of patients with suspect CDI, providing patient and family education, ongoing CDI surveillance, and hand hygiene. Grand Itasca stood out in all areas and topped all other hospitals with their hand hygiene outcomes.

Grand Itasca is proud to be recognized by MHA and offers much thanks to its Quality, Infection Prevention and Housekeeping teams for their efforts to lead Grand Itasca in this program.

Pictured with the LEAPT plaque are Lynn Schweiberger, RN, Quality Director, Mandy Nintzel, RN, Infection Prevention and Karen Jepson, Housekeeping.

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