[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Preventable healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) occur in US hospitals. Preventing these infections is a national priority, with initiatives led by healthcare organizations, professional associations, government and accrediting agencies, legislators, regulators, payers, and consumer advocacy groups. To assist acute care hospitals in focusing and prioritizing efforts to implement evidence-based practices for prevention of HAIs, the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America and the Infectious Diseases Society of America Standards and Practice Guidelines Committee appointed a task force to create a concise compendium of recommendations for the prevention of common HAIs. This compendium is implementation focused and differs from most previously published guidelines in that it highlights a set of basic HAI prevention strategies plus special approaches for use in locations and/or populations within the hospital when infections are not controlled by use of basic practices, recommends that accountability for implementing infection prevention practices be assigned to specific groups and individuals, and includes proposed performance measures for internal quality improvement efforts.
Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology 10/2008; 29 Suppl 1(8):S12-21. DOI:10.1086/591060 · 3.94 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Health care-associated infections (HAIs) have received national attention because of recent news stories in print and on television. many states have mandatory reporting requirements for hospital HAI rates, and as of October 1, 2008, Medicare no longer will pay for certain HAI-related costs. Collaboration among health care providers, patients, government agencies, professional and consumer groups, and payers and improved adherence to infection-prevention protocols can dramatically reduce the incidence of HAIs.