Meet the Heroes - Susan Dolan


Susan Dolan Patient safety comes first

Susan Dolan, RN, MS, CIC
The Children’s Hospital
Denver, CO

Susan Dolan, the IP and nurse epidemiologist at The Children’s Hospital in Denver, CO, is known throughout the Rocky Mountain region for her role in infection prevention and control. Susan detected bacterial contamination of a widely used nasal spray that led to a national recall, and her efforts helped assure the safety of thousands of patients.She also has played a major political role by helping the Colorado legislature draft a measure on mandatory HAI reporting. Offering her expertise early on to the sponsoring representative, Susan recruited a select group of infection prevention professionals who put together a proposal in record time. The legislative sponsor incorporated most of these recommendations, including the formation of a legislative oversight committee with a majority of infection prevention representatives. This draft legislation has become a model for further legislative efforts.