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Positive deviance: A new tool for infection prevention and patient safety

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Positive deviance: A new tool for infection prevention and patient safety
Abstract
Positive deviance (PD) may have an important role in infection prevention and patient safety in the hospital. There are many descriptions of successful stories of PD in different sectors from public health to education to business. PD has been applied in the healthcare setting to improve hand hygiene compliance, reduce methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, and reduce bloodstream infections in an outpatient hemodialysis center. PD promotes dialogue among leaders, managers and healthcare workers, which is a key factor in establishing a safety culture. It also enables cultural changes aimed at empowering frontline workers (the positive deviants) to innovate and improve compliance with infection prevention measures. The structure and the process of PD, and its ability to offer a space for experience discussions, changing ideas and making plans that emerge from team participation will also be discussed. © 2013 Springer Science+Business Media New York.
Publication
Current Infectious Disease Reports
Volume
15
Issue
6
Pages
544-548
Date
2013
Language
English
DOI
10.1007/s11908-013-0372-y
ISSN
1523-3847
Short Title
Positive deviance
Archive
Scopus
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Scopus
Citation
Marra, A. R., Pavão Dos Santos, O. F., Cendoroglo Neto, M., & Edmond, M. B. (2013). Positive deviance: A new tool for infection prevention and patient safety. Current Infectious Disease Reports, 15(6), 544–548. Scopus. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11908-013-0372-y