The OSUWMC contributes infection surveillance data to the National Health Safety Network. Improving patient safety consists of an active surveillance program for:
- High-morbidity selected surgical procedures
- Newer surgical procedures to assess unanticipated risks
- Catheter related blood stream infections in the intensive care units
- Ventilator associated pneumonias
- Catheter associated urinary tract infections
Surveillance findings are incorporated into the development of performance improvement programs to improve patient outcomes. In addition, the IPs submit quarterly pathogen prevalence reports to the intensive care units and track and abrogate any potential negative trends based on intensive care unit surveillance data.
We have a close working relationship with the Ohio Department of Health, where laboratory specimens can be studied by pulse-field gel electrophoresis, if necessary.
We work with the Department of Pharmacy to encourage appropriate antibiotic choices for selected clinical diagnoses and to decrease the risk of developing C. difficile.