Mayo Healthcare is an award-winning senior care facility located in central Vermont. They’re celebrating 80 years of service to the community and pride themselves on providing compassionate, personalized elder care. The facility offers licensed residential care, memory care services, rehabilitation, and continuing care.
Wake Robin, a privately-owned nursing home in rural Vermont with less than 50 skilled residents, has been actively engaged with the New England QIN-QIO since 2014 to create and implement their Quality Assessment and Performance and Improvement Program (QAPI). Using these tools from their QAPI program, the leadership at Wake Robin initiated a Performance Improvement Project (PIP) and Root Cause Analysis to address challenges related to managing the disposal of Regulated Medical Waste. (RMW).
In observance of World Diabetes Day, the Vermont QIN-QIO staff collaborated with a family physician and the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) to coordinate a full day of free health screenings for diabetes for patients in a rural community in northern Vermont.
The Southwestern Vermont Medical Center worked with the New England QIN-QIO to perform a hand hygiene assessment on the hospital staff using the mobile app, iScrub. The hospital staff found the observational hand hygiene data from an outside observer as a great addition to their reporting. The data helped to reinforce the need for the continued emphasis on hand hygiene, including efforts to raise awareness as a critical patient safety issue.
Residents of the Vermont Veteran’s Home helped to implement in a hand hygiene program, led by the home’s Infection Preventionist, to keep their home free from the flu and norovirus. As a result of this program and the resident participation, the facility achieved zero flu and norovirus outbreaks and documented a 95% improvement in hand hygiene.