HHS Releases Updated National Action Plan to Eliminate Healthcare-Associated Infections

The Department of Health and Human Services has posted an updated National Action Plan to eliminate healthcare-associated infections, which is open for public comment.

HHS first introduced its National Action Plan to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections: Roadmap to Elimination in 2009. That plan included a three-phase roadmap to help acute-care hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers and long-term care and end-stage renal disease facilities reduce the incidence of healthcare-associated infections and improve rates of influenza vaccinations among healthcare workers.

The HAI Action Plan has nine goals:

•    50 percent reduction in bloodstream infections
•    100 percent adherence to central line insertion practices
•    30 percent reduction in Clostridium difficile infections
•    30 percent reduction in Clostridium difficile hospitalizations
•    25 percent reduction in urinary tract infections
•    50 percent reduction in MRSA invasive infections (in the general population)
•    25 percent reduction in MRSA bacteremia
•    25 percent reduction in surgical site infections
•    95 percent adherence to surgical SCIP measures.

The update confirms progress in the effort to make healthcare safer and less costly by reducing preventable complications of care, including healthcare-associated infections. The request for public comments on the National Action Plan will be published in the Federal Register the week of April 23.   

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