Michelle Devries

Michelle Devries
Methodist Hospitals · Infection Control

MPH, CIC

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In 2014, a large urban community hospital adopted protected clinical indication practices as a quality improvement project. It then undertook a research study to examine bedside practices with short peripheral catheters, which included direct observation at the bedside once weekly for 6 months. A total of 4305 catheters were observed and remained i...
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The goal of vascular access devices is to provide for the administration of the therapies required to help the patient recover while causing the least amount of damage to the patient’s vascular system. One of the ways to preserve patient vasculature is through the prevention of infections associated with these devices. The central line bundle, crea...
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Surveillance is an active process which requires proactively reviewing data sources indicative of an infection with the most common starting point through review of positive blood cultures. Based on the model of surveillance in the United States, if it is determined the bloodstream infection is associated with the central venous access device, mand...
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The publisher regrets omitting the conflict of interest statement from the above-mentioned article. Michelle DeVries discloses that she is on the speaker's bureau for Becton-Dickinson and Ethicon. Her relationship with Becton-Dickinson was not in place at the time of the initial study but is a current contractual affiliation. There was no support r...
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Background A large, urban community hospital developed an insertion bundle to support the safe implementation of a policy of extended dwell time (clinical indication) for inpatient peripheral intravenous lines (PIVs). Methods Internal evaluation of practices through direct observations as well as evidence-based guidelines and historic data on PIV-...
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Background Although few facilities focus on it, bloodstream infection (BSI) risk from peripheral intravenous catheters (PIVs) may exceed central line-related risk. Over a 6-year period, Methodist Hospitals substantially reduced BSIs in patients with central lines but not in patients with PIVs. A practice audit revealed deficiencies in manual disinf...
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Background: Surveillance for ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) in hospital critical care units (CCUs) is an important but labor intensive endeavor. Attempts to automate detection of VAP have been limited due to the reliance of surveillance definitions on clinical signs such as chest x-ray interpretation, and subjective symptoms such as presence...
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Mycobacterium scrofulaceum was isolated from three clinical specimens over a period of 2 months. In the preceding 10 years, the institution had not reported any cases of this unusual mycobacterium. Investigation and confirmatory molecular testing indicated a laboratory control strain to be the source of contamination.

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