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Executive Summary: A Compendium of Strategies to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections in Acute Care Hospitals

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  02 January 2015

Deborah S. Yokoe
Affiliation:
Brigham and Women's Hospitaland Harvard Medical School, Boston
Leonard A. Mermel
Affiliation:
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown Universityand Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, Rhode Island
Deverick J. Anderson
Affiliation:
Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina
Kathleen M. Arias
Affiliation:
Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Washington, D.C.
Helen Burstin
Affiliation:
National Quality Forum, Washington, D.C.
David P. Calfee
Affiliation:
Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, New York
Susan E. Coffin
Affiliation:
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia andUniversity of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Erik R. Dubberke
Affiliation:
Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri
Victoria Fraser
Affiliation:
Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri
Dale N. Gerding
Affiliation:
Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Chicago Hines Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Hines, Illinois
Frances A. Griffin
Affiliation:
Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Peter Gross
Affiliation:
Hackensack University Medical Center, Hackensack, New Jersey University of Medicine and Dentistry–New Jersey Medical School, Newark, New Jersey
Keith S. Kaye
Affiliation:
Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina
Michael Klompas
Affiliation:
Brigham and Women's Hospitaland Harvard Medical School, Boston
Evelyn Lo
Affiliation:
University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada
Jonas Marschall
Affiliation:
Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri
Lindsay Nicolle
Affiliation:
University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada
David A. Pegues
Affiliation:
David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles
Trish M. Perl
Affiliation:
Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions and University, Baltimore, Maryland
Kelly Podgorny
Affiliation:
Joint Commission, Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois
Sanjay Saint
Affiliation:
Ann Arbor Veterans Affairs Medical Center and theUniversity of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Cassandra D. Salgado
Affiliation:
Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston
Robert A. Weinstein
Affiliation:
Stroger (Cook County) Hospital and theRush University Medical Center, Chicago
Robert Wise
Affiliation:
Joint Commission, Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois
David Classen
Affiliation:
University of Utah, Salt Lake City

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.

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Copyright © The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America 2008

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