HHS releases new infection-control action plan

Over the next five years, HHS say that it hopes to reduce hospital-acquired infections by using a new infection-control action plan.

HHS is encouraging greater collaboration between its agencies as it initiates the use of measurement systems to track and reduce six healthcare-acquired infections. The infections being targeted are: central line-associated bloodstream; Clostridium difficile; catheter-associated urinary tract; methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus; surgical-site infections; and ventilator-associated pneumonia.

So far, hospitals have been appreciative of HHS' practices for coordinating infection control, and have actually been asking for more implementation guidelines.

To learn more about the action plan:
- read this Modern Healthcare piece (reg. req.)