Infection Control

Focus is on IC in 2009 National Patient Safety Goals

Briefings on Infection Control, August 1, 2008

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Preventing hospital-associated infections (HAI), such as MDROs, central line–associated bloodstream infections, and surgical site infections, are a major focus of The Joint Commission’s 2009 National Patient Safety Goals released June 17.

ICPs will be most interested in Goal #7, which requires hospitals to reduce the risk of HAIs. Some of the requirements addressed include but are not limited to:

  • Complying with CDC or World Health Organization hand hygiene guidelines
  • Managing sentinel events related to HAIs
  • Implementing evidence-based practices to prevent HAIs

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