Groups release compendium of evidence-based strategies to fight hospital infections

Several health care organizations released a compendium of strategies to help prevent the most dangerous infections that hospitals face. The compendium uses the latest guidelines and scientific evidence to identify what hospitals should be doing, and how, to prevent staph and C difficile infections, ventilator-associated pneumonia, bloodstream infections caused by central-line catheters, and urinary tract and surgical site infections.

“As of today, the nation’s infection control team has a common ‘play book’ - one that harnesses the latest authoritative information in a clear and concise manner for everyone’s benefit …especially the patient,” said AHA President and CEO Rich Umbdenstock at a Washington, DC, press event. In addition to the AHA, the partnership includes the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, Infectious Diseases Society of America, Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, and The Joint Commission.

Click here for the compendium.

(SOURCES: AHA News Now , http://ahanews.com , October 8, 2008; Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology , http://journals.uchicago,edu , web site review October 12, 2008)