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Despite more than a decade of work by the healthcare community to reduce HAIs, nearly 100,000 people will die this year from preventable healthcare acquired infections (HAIs), and one in 20 patients ...

Despite more than a decade of work by the healthcare community to reduce HAIs, nearly 100,000 people will die this year from preventable healthcare acquired infections (HAIs), and one in 20 patients will contract a HAI while hospitalized. In light of these staggering numbers, a coalition of companies and organizations are kicking off a new program designed to encourage people tackle this big problem by thinking small.

The OneTogether initiative seeks to empower healthcare professionals to bring sustained behaviors to their organizations and elevate the infection prevention conversation within the broader healthcare community.

By using our heads, hearts & hands, OneTogether is igniting positive change to eliminate preventable Healthcare Associated Infections. Join the movement at www.joinonetogether.org

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3M Teams with AORN, IAHCSMM, SIS and Practice Greenhealth to Ignite OneTogether Movement 3M Teams with AORN, IAHCSMM, SIS and Practice Greenhealth to Ignite OneTogether Movement Document Transcript

  • 3M Teams with AORN, IAHCSMM, SIS and Practice Greenhealth to Ignite OneTogether Movement Novel, collaborative effort in fight against HAIsST. PAUL, MINN. (MARCH 4, 2013) — 3M Infection Prevention and founding partners, Associationof periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN), International Association of Healthcare Central ServiceMateriel Management (IAHCSMM), the Surgical Infection Society (SIS), and Practice Greenhealth havejoined together to form OneTogether: The Power of Small Actions, a multi-year program with the goalof driving individual small actions to collectively generate a significant impact on the incidence ofhealthcare-associated infections (HAIs). The OneTogether program is designed to amplify individualactions, support collaborative opportunities and engage a network of professionals working toward thesame goal.“While the healthcare community is making progress in reducing the occurrence of HAIs, still nearly100,000 people will die this year in the United States from preventable HAIs, and one in 20 patients willcontract an HAI while hospitalized,” said Debra Rectenwald, president and general manager of 3M’sInfection Prevention Division. “These statistics are troubling. That’s why 3M is forming OneTogetheralong with our founding partners. We hope other organizations and individuals will join in thisimportant effort.”The OneTogether initiative seeks to empower healthcare professionals to bring sustained behaviors totheir organizations and elevate the infection prevention conversation within the broader healthcarecommunity.“To eliminate HAIs, we need to try a new approach, as well as work across teams to make a difference atevery level,” said Linda Groah, CEO/executive director of AORN. “OneTogether offers all of us achance to unite, share what’s working and reinforce how every little action we take can have a majorimpact on patient safety.”OneTogether is built from the E3 platform detailed in the Educate‚ Empower‚ Engage: A CollaborativeInterdisciplinary Call to Action for Reducing Surgical Site Infection whitepaper, published in 2012 andbased on work done at the fourth annual Infection Prevention Leadership Summit. Based on the E3platform, an independent advisory panel of 35 passionate healthcare professionals with a diversespectrum of medical expertise was established to guide and shape the movement.“The Central Service Department is an integral and yet often under-leveraged ally in the fight againstHAIs,” said Susan Adams, Executive Director of IAHCSMM . “Our membership is passionate abouttheir role in ensuring safe patient care. We welcome the OneTogether initiative as an opportunity to teamwith a coalition of associations and individuals from many functions to share insights and develop newapproaches to HAI reduction.” Ignited by 3M Infection Prevention Solutions
  • 2One approach of the OneTogether effort is to highlight what is working well in healthcare facilities. During AORN’s annual meeting, OneTogether is offering “Pay it Forward” cards for healthcare providers to provide real-time recognition to colleagues for the small actions that help keep patients safe from HAIs. The pocket-sized thank-you cards will be available in the 3M booth (#3721) throughout the meeting (March 4–7), along with more information on the OneTogether movement. Healthcare providers can get more information about OneTogether by visitingwww.joinonetogether.org and are encouraged to join the OneTogether LinkedIn community.Professional organizations interested in joining 3M, AORN, and other partner organizations in theOneTogether movement can learn more by visiting www.joinonetogether.org.About 3M Infection Prevention3M Infection Prevention Division is truly on a mission to help reduce healthcare-associated infectionsthrough its infection prevention solutions. With its system of people, products and processes, 3Mremains a trusted partner committed to helping hospitals reduce the risk of infections, improve patientoutcomes and control their bottom lines. Learn more at www.3m.com/infectionprevention.About AORNAORN represents the interests of more than 160,000 perioperative nurses by providing nursingeducation, standards and practice resources — including the peer-reviewed, monthly publication AORNJournal — to enable optimal outcomes for patients undergoing operative and other invasive procedures.AORN’s 42,000 registered nurse members manage, teach and practice perioperative nursing, areenrolled in nursing education or are engaged in perioperative research. www.aorn.orgAbout IAHCSMMThe International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management is the premierassociation for professionals in healthcare central service/materiel management. IAHCSMM providesstructural educational opportunities, professional development and a forum for information exchange tomore than 19,000 members worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.iahcsmm.org.About SISThe Surgical Infection Society (SIS) was organized in 1980 and is an organization of physicians,scientists and other health care professionals. The mission of the Surgical Infection Society is to educatehealth care providers and the public about infection in surgical patients and promote research in theunderstanding, prevention and management of surgical infections. SIS organizes an annual meeting forthe purpose of presenting accepted and award-winning research abstracts, papers and posters. Themeeting is centered around the scientific sessions, which function as a forum for exchange ofinformation and ideas and for networking with surgeons at all levels. In addition to member research,SIS publishes position papers and guidelines relating to the treatment of surgical infection in an effort tocommunicate and educate the greater medical science and clinical community. For more information,see www.sisna.org.About Practice GreenhealthPractice Greenhealth is the nation’s leading membership and networking organization for institutions inhealth care that have made a commitment to sustainable, environmentally friendly practices. To learnmore about Practice Greenhealth, visit www.practicegreenhealth.org. Ignited by 3M Infection Prevention Solutions
  • 3Media Contacts: Janna Fischer Jennifer Westphal 3M Fleishman-Hillard 651-736-5824 816-512-2241 jfischer@mmm.com jennifer.westphal@fleishman.com Ignited by 3M Infection Prevention Solutions