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Yokoe DS, Mermel LA, Anderson DJ, et al. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2008;29:901-994.
Health care–associated infections (HAIs) remain the most common adverse event affecting patients while hospitalized and after discharge. However, applying patient safety techniques as well as traditional infection control methods has resulted in significant successes in curbing these infections. This practice guideline, developed by the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, summarizes preventive interventions and implementation strategies for prevention of the four most common HAIs (catheter-related bloodstream infection, ventilator-associated pneumonia, catheter-associated urinary tract infection, and surgical site infection). Evidence-based recommendations are also provided for limiting the transmission of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and preventing Clostridium difficile infections.
Allegranzi B, Bischoff P, de Jonge S, et al; WHO Guidelines Development Group. Geneva, Switzerland: World Health Organization; 2016. ISBN: 9789241549882.
Efforts to reduce surgical site infections have achieved some success. The World Health Organization has taken a leading role in eliminating health care–associated harms and has compiled guidelines to address factors that contribute to surgical site infections in preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative care. The document includes recommendations for improvement informed by the latest evidence.
Journal Article > Commentary
Ellingson K, Haas JP, Aiello AE, et al. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2014;35:937-960.
Hand hygiene adherence is a key target for improving patient safety. This guideline offers an overview of evidence-based strategies to monitor and promote hand hygiene, including resources developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization's "5 moments" program. The authors provide detailed practice recommendations to increase hand hygiene compliance as a way to reduce health care–associated infections.
Legislation/Regulation > Sentinel Event Alerts
Sentinel Event Alert. June 16, 2014;(52):1-6.
The Joint Commission has issued a sentinel event alert regarding infections caused by the misuse of vials, prompted by at least 49 outbreaks related to this problem since 2001. The reuse of single-dose vials has resulted in documented transmission of bacteria and hepatitis B and C viruses. Most outbreaks occurred in hospitals, but a large number of cases also came from outpatient pain management and cancer clinics. More than 150,000 patients required notification and further testing due to concern of potential exposure to unsafe injections. This alert outlines recommendations and potential strategies for improvement, including resources related to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) One & Only Campaign, which promotes using "one needle, one syringe, only one time." The report also emphasizes teaching safe practices and establishing safety culture. CDC has previously issued guidelines on appropriate use of single-dose vials.
Health-Care-Associated Infections in Hospitals: Leadership Needed from HHS to Prioritize Prevention Practices and Improve Data on these Infections.
Washington, DC: United States Government Accountability Office; March 31, 2008. Publication GAO-08-283.
This report examines US government standards, procedures, and data collection methods related to health-care-associated infections (HAI) and recommends increased integration across program databases.