Author Archives: Kerry O'Connell

About Kerry O'Connell

Kerry O'Connell is a civil construction project manager and a member of the Colorado Health Facility Acquired Infections Advisory Committee. A committed patient safety advocate, he calls for restoring empathy and compassion in health care. He became a Numerator in 2005.

Pushing Back

PUSHING BACK BY Kerry O’Connell When the doctor told me that my dislocated elbow and fractured radial head would take 6 weeks to heal after surgery I sighed in relief, I would still be able to ski that year. Never … Continue reading

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Two arms Two Choices

As Paul Harvey would say the “Rest of my Story”

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Lifelong Infection Prevention

Thousands of patients sign surgical consent forms every day, briefly glancing over three little words “Risk of Infection” without a second thought. My friend Shaun was attending college on a full ride football scholarship in 1983 when he learned the … Continue reading

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Numerators

Five years ago this summer while under deep anesthesia for arm surgery number 3, I drifted above the line and joined the group called Numerators. I awoke with a Hospital Acquired Infection. Numerators are the most diverse minority group on … Continue reading

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Patient Empowerment in Infection Prevention

Steps that I took prior to Surgery Number 8: Attended a Colorado Patient Safety Coalition meeting in hopes of finding comparative infection rates for Hospitals.  Result: No information was available. Read all the current guidelines from SHEA, APIC, and CDC. … Continue reading

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Infection Extinction

Since surviving a tough battle with MRSE in the fall of 2005, about a third of my waking thoughts are consumed with the question of how do you win the war with the invisible enemy called bacteria. I have a … Continue reading

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The Consequences of a Hospital-Acquired Infection

Hospital: Added revenue from additional treatment $25,000 to $250,000 Added profit from additional treatment $1,750 to $17,500 Patient census goes up five to 20 patient days Added work for infectious disease doctors and lab specialists Slim chance of a hit … Continue reading

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