Approaches to Decision Making

Approaches to Decision Making

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Approaches to Decision Making
HCA/250
October 5, 2014


Approaches to Decision Making
A group of nursing home administrators, which include an infection control officer, has noticed increasing rates of infection at the nursing home. Infections rates must be kept as low as possible. High infection rates can result in serious complications for patients. A nursing home that continues to have high infection rates is at risk fir fines. The nursing home administrators are meeting to discuss possible ways to reduce infection at their facility. Depending on what type of infection they are having in the nursing home, such as contact or airborne, will depend on what they can do to stop the infection from spreading. The first approach that managers can use to help decrease the infection rate is to promote hand hygiene within the facility. There are a few ways of doing this.
Knowing and understanding that hand washing is the most effective means of preventing transmission of infections
Ensuring that everyone is in compliance with the policy
Ensure that staff that come in contact with patients complete hand hygiene
Make sure all employees/staff have completed their annual competencies
Make sure materials are available on the unit along with hand soap, towels, antiseptic hand sanitizer, hand lotion and gloves
Make sure gloves and materials are located in point of care areas
Make sure hand washing is completed before and after contact with a patient
Make sure to hand wash before eating, after using the restroom, and after caring for patients with diarrhea
Hand washing is a simple process that has eight steps.
1. Turn on the faucet and leave the water running
2. Wet both hands with warm water
3. Apply appropriate amount of liquid soap
4. Use rotational hand rubbing on both palms and interlaced fingers to cover all surfaces. Scrubbing should last at least 15 seconds
5. Rinse hands with...

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