Cardiovascular Disease | Optimizing Prevention of Healthcare-Acquired Infections After Cardiac Surgery (HAI)_2

Cardiovascular Disease research study

What is the primary objective of this study?

The investigators will conduct qualitative interviews of hospital personnel regarding HAI prevention practices, and use coded data from these interviews to assist in developing standardized practices.

Who is eligible to participate?

Inclusion Criteria: - Clinical providers or - Administrators - Must work at any of 33 institutions performing cardiac surgery in the state of Michigan Exclusion Criteria: Under 18 years of age

Which medical condition, disease, disorder, syndrome, illness, or injury is researched?

Cardiovascular Disease

Healthcare Associated Infectious Disease

Sternal Superficial Wound Infection

Deep Sternal Infection



Conduit Harvest or Cannulation Site



Study Interventions

Interventions can include giving participants drugs, medical devices, procedures, vaccines, and other products that are either investigational or already available or noninvasive approaches such as surveys, education, and interviews.

Other:There is no intervention. The investigators are interviewing cardiac surgery staff with knowledge of infection prevention.The investigators will conduct tape recorded interviews with hospital staff about infection prevention.

Study Arms

Research studies and clinical trials typically have two or more research arms. An arm is a group of people who receive the same treatment in the study.

Infection Prevention ExpertsAdult caregivers of cardiac surgery patients (e.g. surgeons, nurses, infection preventionists) and administrators

Study Status


Start Date: June 2014

Completed Date: September 29, 2018


Type: Observational


Primary Outcome: Preventive Strategies

Secondary Outcome:

Study sponsors, principal investigator, and references

Principal Investigator: Donald S Likosky, Ph.D.

Lead Sponsor: University of Michigan

Collaborator: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

More information:

Likosky DS, Paone G, Zhang M, Rogers MA, Harrington SD, Theurer PF, DeLucia A 3rd, Fishstrom A, Camaj A, Prager RL; Michigan Society of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons Quality Collaborative. Red Blood Cell Transfusions Impact Pneumonia Rates After Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting. Ann Thorac Surg. 2015 Sep;100(3):794-800; discussion 801. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2015.03.089. Epub 2015 Jul 21.

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