U.S. Depatment of Health and Human Services. (2011). Partnering to heal: Teaming up against healthcare-associated infections. Retrieved from http://www.hhs.gov/ash/initiatives/hai/training.
“Partnering to Heal is a computer-based, video-simulation training program on infection control practices for clinicians, health professional students, and patient advocates.
The training highlights effective communication about infection control practices and ideas for creating a “culture of safety” in healthcare institutions to keep patients from getting sicker. Users assume the identity of the following five main characters and make decisions about preventing healthcare-associated infections (HAIs):
- A Physician, Nathan Green, Director of a Hospital Post-op Unit, ready to start new prevention efforts in the unit;
- A Registered Nurse, Dena Gray, working to learn effective communications skills that could make the difference for her patients;
- An Infection Preventionist, Janice Upshaw, a new employee charged with using a team-based approach to reducing infections;
- A Patient Family Member, Kelly McTavish, whose father was just admitted to the hospital;
- A third-year Medical Student, Manuel Hernandez, who wants to gain confidence to make a difference for his patients.”