Hospitals in Connecticut have created a plan to control and prevent infections caused by multiple drug-resistant organisms, or MDRO, including a collaborative to share data, the Connecticut Hospital Association announced.
The MDRO collaborative, a working group of 30 acute- and long-term-care hospitals, will share prevention information among their facilities. The group will use a Web site, listserv and conference calls to collect data and implement patient-safety improvements, according to a written statement by the hospital association.
The collaborative kicks off during a Feb. 1 symposium addressing effective hospital initiatives and methods of infection prevention, with presentations by infection-control experts. In addition, through the statewide infection-control plan, hospitals will take a pledge to reduce MDRO infections, the association said. The pledge states that Connecticut hospitals will partner to share and report information, and push staff toward 100% compliance with prevention techniques such as hand and equipment washing, as well as the proper use of antibiotics.