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  Infectious Disease Experts Laud Compendium As Solid Approaches To Reduce Healthcare Associated Infections
October 13, 2008

For Immediate Release: October 13, 2008

Former CDC advisors, including Children’s National expert, call for healthcare systems to apply practices to better protect patients from healthcare associated infections.


Washington, DC—Nalini Singh, MD, MPH, chief of Infectious Disease at Children’s National Medical Center, along with other nationally recognized experts in infectious diseases, issued an editorial in support of The Compendium of Strategies to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections in Acute Care Hospitals, a new collection of best practice policies from the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America/Infectious Diseases Society of America (SHEA) to assist healthcare organizations in preventing several of the most common healthcare associated infections (HAIs).

The editorial authors all served as members of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention’s Health Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC). Infection prevention guidelines are prepared by the HICPAC after a rigorous process, supported by high-quality evidence. The editorial, published along with the compendium in a special supplement to the journal Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, hails this publication as the first directly applicable resource for acute care institutions to implement effective “how to” infection prevention strategies at the bed side that will reduce HAIs.

“The vast majority of patients with access to medical services are healed without incident,” said Dr. Singh. “But these practical applications could have an immediate and dramatic effect on reducing the risks for the small minority of patients who might have typically acquired such infections.”

The compendium addresses four common device and procedure associated categories and two organism specific categories of HAIs, including:

• Central line-associated bloodstream infections
• Ventilator-associated pneumonia
• Catheter-associated urinary tract infections
• Surgical site infections
• Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)
• Clostridium difficile (CDI)

Dr. Singh and colleagues note that the compendium’s format, and peer-review process, led by SHEA/IDSA, allowed for a more streamlined process that fostered the efficient development of more tangible steps than ever before.

“This publication takes the HICPAC recommendations to the next level, building in success metrics and a clear system of accountability, to better tell acute care institutions ‘how healthcare can’ implement these prevention tools.”

Contact: Emily Dammeyer or Jennifer Leischer, Public Relations, 202-476-4500.

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