Developing and maintaining the Kettering Infection Predictor tool
Pam Howe Lead nurse, Infection prevention and control, Kettering General Hospital, Northamptonshire
Katrina Rufeea Practice development and surveillance nurse, Kettering General Hospital, Northamptonshire
John Adams Temporary lecturer, Anglia Ruskin University, Peterborough
The Kettering Infection Predictor (KIP) tool was developed in response to high levels of healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs) found in one English district general hospital. As part of a hospital-wide infection prevention strategy, the KIP tool focused nurses’ attention on high-risk patients. Other elements of the strategy included monitoring of compliance with hand hygiene protocols, enhanced cleaning routines, establishment of a specialised isolation ward and improved antimicrobial prescribing. While there is no single solution to prevent HCAIs, the KIP tool can contribute to maintaining optimum vigilance.
Nursing Standard. 27, 34,35-41. doi: 10.7748/ns2013.04.27.34.35.e7176Correspondence
This article has been subject to double blind peer review
Accepted: 09 November 2012