March 28, 2014

One Infection Too Many

Rich Umbdenstock, AHA President and CEO

If your hospital is not yet participating in a hospital engagement network (HEN), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s latest progress report on health care-acquired infections provides yet another reason to get on board. It shows that while hospitals are making good progress in reducing many infections, others like MRSA (methicillin-resistant staph) and C. difficile pose an immense challenge – and even one preventable infection is one too many. Turning this around requires the kind of cultural change HEN participants, who nationally have saved billions of dollars in health care costs, have embraced with remarkable results. We’re still recruiting hospitals to participate in the AHA HEN led by our Health Research & Educational Trust; contact Charisse Coulombe to sign up. The AHA is also working on an antibiotic stewardship toolkit hospitals can use to support their efforts to fight antibiotic resistant infections. Hospitals are committed to wiping out preventable infections, but this is a marathon, not a sprint.


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