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Applying Effective Safety and Quality Science to Infection Prevention



March 07, 2016
11:00pm – 12:00pm PT
12:00pm – 1:00pm MT


Infection preventionists as patient safety advocates and organizational change-agents, need an understanding of quality and safety improvement concepts that take into account human factors science. This course introduces these concepts including tools for learning from defects, systematically and pro-actively assessing failure risks, and applying human factors engineering to improvement plans.

Presentation Objective:

  • Identify what is meant by "Culture of Safety" and why culture is important
  • Apply the Model of Organizational Accident Causation to HAI Root Cause Analysis
  • Apply and integrate Human Factors, the Model for Improvement and Process Failure Analysis to improving infection prevention processes
  • Utilize Failure Modes and effects Analysis (FMEA) as a tool for assessing infection risks


Jeff West, MPH, RN
Quality Improvement Consultant
Qualis Health

Intended Audience: Infection Preventionists, Quality Managers, Nurse Managers and Physicians

Contact Information: Paula Parsons at paulap@qualishealth.org