In her role as an infection prevention expert and change agent, Mary Duncan leads efforts to identify and implement best practices to reduce the risk of bloodstream infections. Through her innovative approaches, she dramatically decreased central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) in both her current and previous facilities.
In addition to her success in infection reduction, Mary has been actively involved in emergency management, co-chairing an influenza taskforce during the H1N1 outbreak and participating in a multi-disciplinary team to manage patients during the Ebola outbreak. According to Mary, the importance of education, identification of appropriate personal protective equipment and vaccination prioritization pushed infection prevention to the forefront of disaster preparation and management.
As a respected thought leader, Mary has participated on several national infection reduction committees and developed recommendations for a prestigious report. She recently conducted a study regarding the creation of a peripheral IV maintenance bundle. After the care bundle was rolled out at one facility, Mary and her team achieved amazing results — reducing peripheral IV complications by 80 percent.
Turabelidze G, Gee JE, Hoffmaster AR, et al. Contaminated Ventilator Air Flow Sensor Linked to Bacillus cereus Colonization of Newborns. Emerging Infectious Diseases. 2013;19(5):781-783. View abstract.
Duncan, M, Warden, P, et al. A Bundled Approach to Decrease the Rate of Primary Bloodstream Infections Related to Peripheral Intravenous Catheters. American Journal of Infection Control. 2017;45(6):74. View abstract.