In its latest effort to combat healthcare-associated infections, HHS has released a Web-based video simulation tool that allows users to act out various scenarios and learn infection-prevention strategies.
HHS releases video tool on HAI prevention
The free, interactive program is called Partnering to Heal: Teaming Up Against Healthcare-Associated Infections. Users of the tool can assume the role of one of five characters: a nurse, a physician, an infection preventionist, a patient family member or a medical student. After choosing a character, the video guides them through specialized situations with opportunities to make decisions and see the outcomes.
For instance, one video scenario explores the impact on a registered nurse whose job is threatened after she questions a physician's adherence to hand-hygiene protocols. Another shows a medical student deciding whether to speak up about proper catheter insertion.
According to HHS, the video tool is designed to provide education and foster a team-based approach to infection prevention.
“Our 2009 Department of Health and Human Services Action Plan to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections highlights the urgency to train providers in infection control practices,” said Dr. Howard Koh, HHS' assistant secretary for health. “We're hoping this tool will help eliminate preventable infections.”
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