Healthcare-Associated Infection Prevention Program
Healthcare-associated infections (HAI) are the most common complication of
hospital care, resulting in 1.7 million infections and 99,000 deaths each year
in the United States. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has shown
that the implementation of recommendations for HAI prevention from the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Healthcare Infection Control Practices
Advisory Committee (HICPAC) can reduce HAI by 70% overall and virtually
eliminate some specific types of infections. Broad implementation of the CDC
guidelines saves lives, reduces suffering, and decreases healthcare costs.
Through partnerships and the commitment of stakeholders, we strive to prevent
HAI in people who interact with Florida's healthcare system.
HAI prevention program began in 2010 with support from federal grant funds
provided by the CDC. The program is guided by an
comprised of technical experts and partner organizations, and provides guidance to
the FDOH on the development, implementation, evaluation, and sustainment of a
statewide HAI prevention program. This program strives to maximize resources,
improve healthcare culture for patient safety, and coordinate HAI-related
initiatives across the healthcare continuum.
program goals are to:
increase the quality of HAI surveillance by promoting the use of NHSN in
encourage the uniform use of NHSN case definitions in Florida's hospitals.
HAIs and decrease HAI rates in Florida's hospitals and long-term-care
reduce HAI risk factors by supporting evidence-based prevention strategies.
The FDOH HAI
prevention program provides training to healthcare organizations on a variety of
prevention topics, including training on the National Healthcare Safety Network,
provides tools and resources to assist with implementing best practices, and
leads prevention collaboratives that reach across the continuum of care.
Healthcare facilities that participate in our collaboratives have the
opportunity to share best practices and problem solve among peers during
webinars and face-to-face meetings. Please click on the links below for
Asymptomic Bacteriuria (ASB) Antibiotic Stewardship Pilot
Catheter-associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI)
National Healthcare Safety Network Resources
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