HHS Releases 2013 National Action Plan to Prevent HAIs

The HHS Office for Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, on behalf of the Federal Steering Committee for the Prevention of Health Care-Associated Infections, has released the 2013 "National Action Plan to Prevent Health Care-Associated Infections: Road Map to Elimination."

The action plan updates the original version issued in 2009 with new sections on infection reduction in ambulatory surgery centers, end-stage renal disease facilities and long-term care facilities. The new action plan also includes a goal of influenza vaccination for 75 percent of healthcare personnel by 2015.

The updated HAI action plan adds a focus on ventilator-associated events in acute-care hospitals to the nine five-year target goals established in the 2009 action plan. The CDC, Critical Care Societies Collaborative and other partners recently created a new approach to VAE, moving to a broader measure than only ventilator-associated pneumonia. The HAI action plan will include a specific measure and reduction goal for VAE in future years.

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