Hospital Acquired Infection Series
In recent years, researchers and healthcare professional groups have developed improved infection prevention guidelines and "best practices." Healthcare teams that have adopted these standards have been very successful in reducing their HAI rates. Consequently, many other hospitals are now training staff to follow the procedures.
Many national leaders in healthcare infection prevention are encouraging hospitals to work toward ZERO infections. For this to happen, top level hospital leaders must support and commit the resources needed to implement and monitor evidence-based prevention practices, measure progress, and ensure public reporting and transparency.
Research shows that when healthcare facilities are aware of their infection issues and implement concrete strategies to prevent them, rates of certain hospital infections can be decreased by more than 70 percent. In fact, the CDC's National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) infection rate data is already showing a decline in Healthcare Associated Infection (HAI) rates thanks to increased prevention efforts and monitoring of infection rates.
Increasingly, state and federal governments are also promoting HAI prevention in healthcare facilities. Like DHEC, some are tracking changes in HAI rates to measure progress toward HAI elimination. DHEC is also working with a public-private partnership of healthcare professionals, state agencies and healthcare associations to promote better infection control.
When a patient gets an infection while being treated in a hospital, nursing home, outpatient surgery center or dialysis clinic, it's considered a HAI. These infections are a major public health problem. Patients can get them from routine care, surgery, as a complication from medical devices such as ventilators, catheters, and lines, or as a side effect of the overuse of antibiotics.
S.C. hospitals submit details about infections, surgical procedures, central line devices, and patient risk factors-all used to calculate infection rates-to the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN), a secure, CDC managed, data reporting system. Hospitals give DHEC the right to collect the data from the NHSN.
Information Curtesy of:
Hospital Infections Reporting Section,
DHEC Division of Acute Disease Epidemiology
Last updated February 2010
Disclosure of Financial Relationships for The University of South Carolina School of Medicine-Palmetto Health Continuing Medical Education Organization Planning Committee:
No relevant financial relationships exist for the committee members below:
Richard Alia, MD
John Beasley, MD
Douglas Bull, MD
Thomas Edwards, MD
Sarena Grayzck, MD
Robert Grumbach, MD
Greta Harper, MD
Susan J. Keeshan, MD, Chairman
Charlotte Lindler, MD
Mark Mayson, MD
Cam McLain, MD
Robert Milling, MD
Peggy Toliver-Dingle, MD
Jonathan Nwanagu, MD
Kenneth Grant, MD
Drew Royall, Director Case Management
Pamela Stephens, CME Manager
Emily Clark, MHA, CME Coordinator
Financial relationships exist for the committee members below:
Kathleen Kelly-Goodwin, Director Quality-Other Financial Benefit - Tri Anim