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.