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The Behavioral Side of Infection Prevention with Sanjay Saint at HITS 2019

September 16, 2019

The Behavioral Side of Infection Prevention with Sanjay Saint at HITS 2019

Usually, we know what we need to do. But doing it is hard and we struggle. This is true for individuals. It’s true for organizations. And it’s true in healthcare, especially when it comes to behavioral side of infection prevention.

Sanjay Saint, MD, MPH addressed these issues in the opening keynote for the HITS 2019 conference in Buffalo, NY. We caught up with him at the event to discuss:


  • What can we learn from the experiences of Ignaz Semmelweis?
  • How to address the adaptive/behavioral component of infection prevention
  • Addressing the culture and sub-culture so that we do the right thing every single time
  • The power of being present with your patients and how to use rituals to get you there
  • Understanding the significance of your interactions with the patient
  • Creating a culture of excellence that polices itself.


Sanjay Saint, MD, MPH, is the Chief of Medicine at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System and the George Dock Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan.

There’s a lot of wisdom in this short interview. Enjoy!

This episode is sponsored by the Healthcare Infection Transmission System (HITS) Consortium. For the second year in a row, The #HCBiz Show had the honor and privilege of being a media partner for the annual HITS Conference. Last year we were in Nashville – check out the episodes we recorded there. This year, we attended HITS 2019 in Buffalo, NY.

Thank you to Christine Greene, Kelly Reynolds, Savanah Hatt, John LaRochelle, and Michael Diamond, along with the entire HITS Consortium for the work you’re doing to protect our families and our communities. The battle against healthcare-associated infections can only be won through collaboration, and from what I’ve seen in working with you all for the past few years, HITS is bringing the best ideas and brightest minds together to do just that.

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