EM1809D "Reduce Infections Together in Everyone: A Concept and a Hospital Program" (IM-GR090718)

The purpose of this session is to understand the role of socioadaptive approaches in preventing healthcare-associated infections and learn the different types of approaches that have been tried thus far. The results of a study on positive deviance and a hospital-wide program to reduce healthcare-associated infections and sepsis mortality are presented within the context of local secular trends.

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Target Audience

UT Southwestern faculty, fellows, residents and medical students, community physicians, nurse clinicians, physician assistants and nurses.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the participant should be able to:

  • Understand the importance of adding socioadaptive interventions to technical interventions in order to reduce healthcare-associated infections ‘together’
  • Learn the principles of choosing the right socioadaptive intervention for a given context and situation
  • Learn about positive deviance as a socioadaptive approach
  • Briefly describe the Parkland program, Reduce Infections Together in Everyone
Course summary
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  • 1.00 AMA
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Photo: Pranavi Sreeramoju, M.D.Pranavi Sreeramoju, M.D.
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine
Division of Infectious Diseases and Geographic Medicine

Dr. Sreeramoju is recognized as a subject matter expert in healthcare-associated infections and the intersection between the fields of quality improvement, patient safety and healthcare epidemiology. She has been a healthcare epidemiologist in the UT System for thirteen years and currently serves as Chief of Infection Prevention for the Parkland Health and Hospital System. This year, she is pursuing her interest in the business of medicine by enrolling in an MBA program at UT Dallas and took on an additional role as Medical Director Clinical Liaison with Finance in the UTSW Health System. She was awarded Junior Faculty Researcher of the Year in Internal Medicine in 2007 at UT Health San Antonio, and Teacher of the Year in Infectious Diseases in 2011 at UTSW. She has been named as one of the ‘Top 50 leaders in Patient Safety in 2015’ by Becker’s Hospital Review and she is the recipient of Judene Bartley Award for Public Policy and Advocacy in 2015 jointly awarded by the Society of Healthcare Epidemiology of America and the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology. Her research has been published in several infectious diseases journals. She is an active blogger (www.pranavimd.com). She obtained her MD from Jawaharlal Institute in Puducherry, India and MPH in Epidemiology from Tulane University in New Orleans, USA. She completed her Internal Medicine residency training in Cook County Health and Hospitals System and Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center, and Infectious Diseases fellowship training in University of Illinois and University of Chicago.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA


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