The reduction of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) is one of the most important issues in the healthcare context for every type of hospital. In three operational units of the Scientific Clinical Institutes Maugeri SpA SB, a rehabilitation hospital in Cassano delle Murge (Italy), some corrective measures were introduced in 2017 to reduce the occurrence of HAIs. Lean Six Sigma was used together with the Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, Control (DMAIC) roadmap to analyze both the impact of such measures on HAIs and the length of hospital stay (LOS) in the Rehabilitative Cardiology, Rehabilitative Neurology, Functional Recovery and Rehabilitation units in the Medical Center for Intensive Rehabilitation. The data of 2415 patients were analyzed, considering the phases both before and after the introduction of the measures. The hospital experienced a LOS reduction in both patients with and without HAIs; in particular, Cardiology had the greatest reduction for patients with infections (−7 days). The overall decrease in HAIs in the hospital was 3.44%, going from 169 to 121 cases of infections. The noteworthy decrease in LOS implies an increase in admissions and in the turnover indicator of the hospital, which has a positive impact on the hospital management as well as on costs.

Reducing the healthcare-associated infections in a rehabilitation hospital under the guidance of lean six sigma and dmaic / Cesarelli, G.; Petrelli, R.; Ricciardi, C.; D'Addio, G.; Monce, O.; Ruccia, M.; Cesarelli, M.. - In: HEALTHCARE. - ISSN 2227-9032. - 9:12(2021), p. 1667. [10.3390/healthcare9121667]

Reducing the healthcare-associated infections in a rehabilitation hospital under the guidance of lean six sigma and dmaic

Cesarelli G.
Co-primo
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Ricciardi C.;D'addio G.;Cesarelli M.
Co-ultimo
2021

Abstract

The reduction of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) is one of the most important issues in the healthcare context for every type of hospital. In three operational units of the Scientific Clinical Institutes Maugeri SpA SB, a rehabilitation hospital in Cassano delle Murge (Italy), some corrective measures were introduced in 2017 to reduce the occurrence of HAIs. Lean Six Sigma was used together with the Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, Control (DMAIC) roadmap to analyze both the impact of such measures on HAIs and the length of hospital stay (LOS) in the Rehabilitative Cardiology, Rehabilitative Neurology, Functional Recovery and Rehabilitation units in the Medical Center for Intensive Rehabilitation. The data of 2415 patients were analyzed, considering the phases both before and after the introduction of the measures. The hospital experienced a LOS reduction in both patients with and without HAIs; in particular, Cardiology had the greatest reduction for patients with infections (−7 days). The overall decrease in HAIs in the hospital was 3.44%, going from 169 to 121 cases of infections. The noteworthy decrease in LOS implies an increase in admissions and in the turnover indicator of the hospital, which has a positive impact on the hospital management as well as on costs.
2021
Reducing the healthcare-associated infections in a rehabilitation hospital under the guidance of lean six sigma and dmaic / Cesarelli, G.; Petrelli, R.; Ricciardi, C.; D'Addio, G.; Monce, O.; Ruccia, M.; Cesarelli, M.. - In: HEALTHCARE. - ISSN 2227-9032. - 9:12(2021), p. 1667. [10.3390/healthcare9121667]
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