Sharp HealthCare Foundation Receives $32,500 Grant for Infection Prevention Initiative
SAN DIEGO — Sharp HealthCare Foundation is one of 11 hospitals across the U.S. to receive a Clinical Excellence Grant from the CareFusion Foundation. The grant award is designed to help recipients develop and share infection prevention best practices.
Sharp HealthCare Foundation was awarded $32,500 in grant funding to support its patient engagement initiative, "It's OK to Ask," a hand hygiene education and awareness program. The goal of the initiative is to reduce health care acquired infection rates at Sharp HealthCare.
"Sharp has adopted an innovative plan through this initiative to empower patients to actively participate in the promotion of hand hygiene," said Amy Adome, Senior Vice President of Clinical Effectiveness for Sharp HealthCare. "Although Sharp provides information to patients during the hospital admission process about being an active participant in ensuring that hand hygiene practices are being followed, patients may still be reticent to ask their caregivers to clean their hands during each interaction."
This initiative uses the phrase "It's OK to Ask" as a way to engage patients in a conversation about hand hygiene practices at Sharp. The program's purpose is to encourage patients to ask their health care providers to clean their hands as well as to offer examples and key phrases thatcould be used when interacting with health care providers. These key phrases give patients the words that can make speaking up less intimidating. To support this effort, health care providers have been instructed to respond positively and clean their hands when asked.
The program will produce a toolkit that will provide resources including evidence-based literature, a caregiver training video, surveys, marketing collateral and training plans.
Other programs selected for funding will address a range of infection prevention practices including patient and staff education, hand and environmental hygiene, skin preparation and clinical studies to establish tracking and prevention models for some of the most common health care acquired infections (HAIs).
"We applaud Sharp HealthCare for their innovative approach to continue striving to reduce infections at their institution," said Dr. Carlos Nunez, Chief Medical Officer for CareFusion. "We believe the efforts being made at Sharp HealthCare will have lasting effects here and at hospitals across the country as they share best practices to improve patient care and safety."
The 2013 Clinical Excellence Grant program is designed to help organizations implement programs to measurably improve infection prevention practices in a health care setting or provide patient education and outreach related to infection prevention. In total, the CareFusion Foundation awarded nearly $520,000 to 11 hospitals across the U.S. To be eligible for grant funding — a one-time endowment of up to $50,000 per organization — U.S.-based nonprofit health care institutions were invited to submit a written proposal detailing their program plan and expected results. Preference was given to evidence-based programs with potential to serve as best practice models for reducing HAIs.