CSHS WWW HOME | MS EXCHANGE LOG ON | PULSE ARCHIVES
Medical Staff Pulse is
a Publication of the Chief of Staff
Zero Hospital-Acquired Infections Campaign

CSMC Launches Campaign to Eliminate Hospital-Acquired Infections

Cedars-Sinai is launching a new housewide campaign to reach its goal of "Zero hospital-acquired infections."

The campaign's key message is "At Cedars-Sinai, Zero is the Greatest Number," and the campaign is designed to change infection control behaviors, such as proper hand hygiene and observation of isolation precautions.

"In reaching the 'greatest number,' everyone will be called upon to recognize infection control is a fundamental responsibility of all of us and at the core of everything we do," said Neil Romanoff, M.D., vice president of Medical Affairs. "While we continue to make significant progress here against reducing infections due to multi-drug-resistant organisms such as methicillin-resistant Staph. aureus (MRSA), we can do more to help prevent the spread of dangerous bacteria."

The initial phase of the campaign will focus on proper hand hygiene. Watch for the new hygiene kiosks being installed throughout the medical center. You will also be seeing other reminders in the weeks ahead of our responsibility to stop the spread of hospital-acquired infections.

Physicians can help Cedars-Sinai "reach Zero" by making sure these practices are consistent habits:

  • Wash hands upon entering and exiting a patient's room.
  • Comply with all posted isolation/precautions signs when going in and out of patient rooms.
  • Use sterile wide barriers for central line insertions.
  • Ensure appropriate use and timing of antibiotics.
  • Communicate infection control precautions with patients, family members and visitors.