In response to the increasing concerns about the public health impact of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) developed an action plan to prevent healthcare-associated infections. The HHS Action Plan includes recommendations for surveillance, research, communication, and metrics for measuring progress towards national goals. Three overarching priorities have been identified:
- Progress towards five-year national prevention targets (e.g., 50 to 70 percent reduction in bloodstream infections),
- Improve the use and quality of the metrics and supporting systems needed to assess progress towards meeting the targets and
- Prioritization and broad implementation of current evidence-based prevention recommendations
Support for HAI prevention has been enhanced through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Congress allocated $40 million through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to support state health department efforts to prevent HAIs by enhancing state capacity for HAI prevention, leverage the CDC’s National Health Care Safety Network (NHSN) to assess progress and support the dissemination of the U.S. HHS evidence-based practices within healthcare facilities and pursue state-based collaborative implementation strategies.
An updated version of Ohio’s Healthcare-Associated Infection Prevention Plan is available here and under "More Information".