Clinical Advisory Group

As trusted advisors we are committed to applying our clinical and analytical expertise to serve our customers and empower them to improve the quality and safety of health care.

The Clinical Advisory Group (CAG) is comprised of health care professionals with expertise in the areas of nursing, pharmacy, infection prevention, public health and epidemiology. CAG’s consultants work collaboratively with other BJC departments and affiliated hospitals to identify, monitor and implement evidence based practices to ensure safe, patient centered care and achieve high quality outcomes.

Evidence-Based Care
Directs the practice of evidence-based medicine at BJC HealthCare through evidence reviews and standardized evidence-based processes. Through a strict methodology, the Evidence-Based Care team provides conclusions based on the most up-to-date evidence regarding a variety of topics, including but not limited to, supply chain, preventable harms, and infection prevention.

BJC Infection Prevention & Epidemiology (IPEC)
BJC HealthCare formed the Infection Prevention Consortium in the early 1990s. IPEC is primarily related to hospital infection research while providing support and guidance to infection control groups throughout the system. The Consortium consists of infection preventionists, including RNs and other health professionals who are among experts in their field that help protect BJC patients from health care-associated infections (HAI). Collaboration between IPEC representatives from each of BJC’s facilities has drastically reduced HAIs since the consortium’s creation by more than 50 percent.

Infection preventionists partner with health care teams in each of BJC’s facilities and use proven methods to ensure that patients and families stay safe from HAIs. In every facility hand sanitizer gels and rubs, hand washing stations, disinfecting wipes, “cover your cough” signs, in addition to masks, gowns and gloves help prevent the occurrence of HAIs. CAG assists IPEC’s goals through collaboration and the combined experience of its experienced health care professionals.

Patient-Centered Outcomes & Quality
CAG's focus on Patient-Centered Outcomes drives coordination and improvement of patient care throughout the BJC hospitals. These efforts focus on understanding, measuring and improving the outcomes that matter to patients. The patient-centered outcomes team is comprised of physicians, nurses and other health care professionals both from the CCE and from the BJC hospitals.