Medline recently hosted skin health and infection prevention experts at the company’s Northfield headquarters to discuss and share ideas on ongoing challenges, potential solutions, and future opportunities in their given specialties of care.
The 19 experts—WOC (wound, ostomy and continence-certified) nurses and infection preventionists—make up Medline’s Skin Health and Infection Prevention Acute Care advisory boards. After corresponding and meeting remotely for more than two years, the groups finally met in person at Medline. During the all-day event, advisory board members participated in a joint round table discussion— where potential collaboration opportunities emerged—as well as sessions on specific infection and skin health strategies, from how to best partner for onsite assessments to product feedback. There also were broader discussions on staffing, education, decision making, technology and quality improvement.
Camaraderie, education and shared experiences
For the participants, the meeting provided camaraderie, education, and the chance to share common experiences and ongoing challenges—many rooted in the relentless care of patients during the pandemic.
“Hearing that we all have the same problems, the same issues, the same concerns, and being able to talk through what we can do to improve in those areas to improve patient care and decrease hospital acquired infections, is invaluable,” said Jayne Lee, RN, BSN, MPH, CIC, FAPIC, an infection preventionist from a hospital in North Carolina. “I think there’s a lot that we can learn from each other.”