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Dr. Edward J. Septimus

Medical Director of Infection Prevention and Epidemiology

HCA Inc.

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HCA Inc.

One Park Plaza

Nashville, Tennessee 37203

United States

Company Description

HCA owns and operates approximately 179 hospitals and approximately 104 freestanding surgery centers in 21 states, England and Switzerland. We are dedicated to providing healthcare services that meet each community's local healthcare needs. We seek to int ... more

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Background Information

Employment History

PeoplePC Inc

Medical Director of Patient Safety and Infection Control

Billings Clinic

Medical Director Infectious Diseases and Occupational Health

Memorial Hermann Healthcare System


Board Member
Contagion Editorial

Professor, Senior Fellow
George Mason University

Member, Leading Practice Advisory Panel
VHA Inc.

Antimicrobial Resistance Work Group

Board Member
IDSA Quality Improvement Task Force

American College of Physicians

Member of the Medical Advisory Steering Committee
Houston Task Force on Terrorism

Member of the Advisory Committee for the Food and Drug Administration
Anti-Infective Drugs

Board Member
International Society of Microbial Resistance

Board Member
Infectious Diseases Society of America


M. D.


medical degree

Baylor College of Medicine

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About Us | Contagion Live [cached]

Edward J. Septimus, MD, FIDSA, FACP, FSHEA HCA, Inc.

"In rare cases, this can lead ... [cached]

"In rare cases, this can lead to patient-to-patient infection," even when the manufacturers' instructions for cleaning and sterilization have been followed, says Edward Septimus, M.D., medical director of Infection Prevention and Epidemiology Clinical Services Group at HCA.

This should be done "under a bright light and through a magnifying device after initial cleaning to make sure all debris has been removed," Septimus says.
• "It's also important to use a small-bristle brush to remove debris from the elevator channel," he continues.
There are no federal standards for optimal culturing frequency, Septimus says, but daily testing is probably not necessary unless you have known cases of infection transmission via duodenoscopes.

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So when the results were final last year, HCA began implementing baths with CHG cloths in ICUs at each of its 165 hospitals across the country, says Edward Septimus, M.D., HCA's medical director for infection prevention and epidemiology. While the new practice means a significant increase in products that must be provided by supply chain professionals, the results have been powerful in terms of keeping patients healthy.

In addition to using CHG cloths to reduce MRSA infections, hospitals also have found success recently by using alcohol caps that fit over medicine ports. When the port is not in use, alcohol bathes the connector, a process that has been able to reduce infections. The use of these alcohol caps is the newest product-based approach to preventing infections, having been in practice only during the past year or so, Septimus says.
"It's important to note that alcohol caps are considered a special approach and not a routine standard of care. But for hospitals to continue to see decreased bloodstream infections, their use may be an effective strategy," he says.
"So now these kits have everything necessary to help healthcare professionals make sure they complete each step," Septimus says. "The infection rate is higher if you use a different type of skin preparation or make other slight changes, so when our supply chain professionals package everything together, that helps us do it right every time."
For some infections, specific techniques in providing care are more important for preventing infections than the products used. For instance, in certain populations, some hospitals have been using silver bladder catheters in an effort to reduce urinary tract infections, Septimus says.
However, a more definitive study published in 2012 showed that silver catheters did not reduce the occurrence of symptomatic urinary tract infections. Instead, "it's more important to focus on techniques such as hand-washing, inserting catheters only when needed and taking them out when they are not needed," Septimus says.
For instance, the landmark MRSA study couldn't have been completed "without the supply chain having what we needed available to take care of every patient," Septimus says.
However, the products that are most effective in keeping patients healthy aren't always the most cost-effective ones. And implementing new products or changing orders to help fight infections can be a lengthy, difficult process. For that reason, it's vital that supply chain professionals understand how their purchasing decisions may impact the lives of patients.
"It's important for supply chain professionals to understand how they fit in as part of the team approach to healthcare," Septimus says.
Septimus says financial decision-makers should be involved from the beginning of a project to reduce hospital infections. If not, a product may go through the stages of observation and recommendation, only to be refused by a budget officer because it wasn't included in the facility's budget.
By taking a long-term view, hospital personnel can focus on the savings of infection prevention purchases, rather than the immediate costs. For instance, patients who leave the hospital with an infection may become disabled or require further hospitalization, which will result in further cost to society, if not the hospital itself.
"If we prevent a certain number of infections, not only are we saving lives, but we're saving money as well," Septimus says.

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"Acute-care hospitals play a critical role in the safe and appropriate use of antibiotics, and the Playbook provides a comprehensive and practical plan for hospitals to implement stewardship programs that can help improve patient outcomes and reduce antibiotic resistance," said Edward Septimus, MD, medical director of infection prevention and epidemiology at HCA and co-chair of NQF's National Quality Partners antibiotic stewardship action team.

"The Playbook began as a ... [cached]

"The Playbook began as a national call to action to address the antibiotic crisis, and much of it incorporates what HCA has learned since launching our Antimicrobial Management Program at 168 hospitals in 2010," said Edward Septimus, M.D., medical director of infection prevention and epidemiology, HCA, and co-chair of NQP's antibiotic stewardship action team.

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