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HHS to focus on hospital-acquired infection control through new national plan

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HHS will focus on hospital-acquired infection control through a new national action plan, reports Modern Healthcare. The plan identifies priorities and benchmarks for preventing and reducing hospital-acquired infections, and the full plan is expected to be published in late October in the Federal Register.

HHS is focusing on four infections patients can contract in hospitals: catheter-associated urinary-tract infections, surgical-site infections, bloodstream infections and ventilator-associated pneumonia. Efforts to reduce the prevalence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and Clostridium difficile in hospitals also will be part of the national plan.

Read full news item: HHS official outlines infection-control initiative, Modern Healthcare.

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