INTERDISCIPLINARY COLLABORATION AND COMMUNICATION 4
Interdisciplinary collaboration andCommunication
Question 1: Identify ways in which you collaboratedwith other professionals regarding your activities
The multi-disciplinary meeting involved participants from medicine,pharmacy, case management, respiratory department, case managementand social work. Hand hygiene has been pointed out to be quiteimportant in handling patients in home settings.It`s also effectivewithin the healthcare facilities as the patients go to seek formedical care (Cantrell, 2008 Gebhart, 2012). Hand hygiene hastherefore received much attention owing to the reason that itpresents the most common way through which pathogens are transmittedfrom a host person to another person especially within the healthcare settings. The meeting therefore established effective ways ofaddressing the challenge of embracing proper hand hygiene in themedical profession (Allegranzi & Pittet, 2009). Proper handhygiene, therefore, presents the most important feature whilepreventing the spread of antibiotic resistance, as well as pathogenswithin hospitals. Also other health care facilities and the meetingestablished practical ways through which hand hygiene can beimproved.Question 2: How can the change theoryyou have chosen influence the success of a change project?
The most affected agencies of health care provision are in hospitalsand primary care involving home-based care systems. By embracing thechange theory in enforcing proper hand hygiene, the change theorywill enable service providers ensure that clean water systems andsinks are operational. Use of right hand wash, anti-microbialsolutions, and towels, observing proper hygiene procedures, even incases of emergencies, as well as alleviation of generalignorance.Question 3: How can themultidisciplinary team of leaders impact the change project?
The multi-disciplinary team deliberated on various effectivemechanisms that can be embraced in ensuring that the right-handhygiene procedures are observed within the health care system. Themain ways established for enforcing the practices were together withstrengthening institutional capacity for the health careproviders.Therefore, providing basic effects like the towels, handwash antimicrobial solutions as well as ensuring sufficient supply ofclean water (Medvick, 2008).
Question 4: What is the best way to communicate thechange within the agency?
The most useful way to communicate such a change within the agencywould through circulars and periodic publications. The circulars canbe addressed towards all departments while the publications are meantfor all agencies. Besides, the use of the agency website to post suchinformation presents another very effective tool of communication(Buchanan et al, 2007).
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Buchanan, D. A., Addicott, R., Fitzgerald, L., Ferlie, E., &Baeza, J. I. (2007). Nobody in charge: Distributed change agency inhealthcare. Human Relations 60(7): 1065-1090.
Cantrell, S., E.L.S. (2008).Hand-hygiene formula: 2 clean hands 4 good health. HealthcarePurchasing News, 32(11),26-28,30.
Gebhart, F. (2012). Better cleaning of patient rooms can reducehospital-acquired infections. Drug Topics, 156(8), 20.
Medvick, J. (2008). Antimicrobial hand hygiene products.Healthcare Purchasing News, 32(4), 40-41.