Healthcare-Associated Infections Update from Health and Human Services

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In 2009, U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP), released a plan called the "National Action Plan to Prevent Health Care-Associated Infections: Road Map to Elimination" (HAI Action Plan). The action plan addressed acute care, ambulatory surgery centers, end-stage renal disease facilities and long-term care. In 2013, the HAI Action Plan went through a substantial update, and included a section for increasing influenza vaccination of healthcare personnel.

This week, the ODPHP announced "ambitious new targets for the national acute-care hospital metrics" for the HAI Action Plan. It used 2015 data as a baseline to replace targets that expired in 2013. The goal for these measures is to primarily track HAIs at a national level.

The measures include the following goals:

There are a few other important developments associated with this update:
  • ODPHP eliminated the Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP) process measure due to major compliance and widely accepted practice.
  • Antibiotic stewardship is gaining major momentum, with HHS developing an "Agency Priority Goal" for combating antibiotic resistant bacteria. 

Infection Control Consulting Services (ICCS) is a national provider of healthcare infection control consulting services to a wide range of facilities, including hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, outpatient care facilities, dentists and nursing homes. Services include development of comprehensive, compliant infection prevention programs; infection prevention risk assessment; accreditation and CMS survey preparation; and infection education.


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