Infection Prevention Action Plan for ASCs Needs Changes, Groups Say

The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America and the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology have submitted comments (pdf) on HHS' National Action Plan to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections.

Their comments focus on ambulatory surgical centers, end-stage renal disease facilities and influenza vaccination of healthcare personnel.

SHEA and APIC recommended several changes to the action plan's section on preventing HAIs in ASCs. Some of these recommendations include the following:

•    Describe the educational gap on HAIs in ASCs.
•    Highlight the need for additional resources for preventing infection in ASCs. For example, ASCs may need additional staff to disinfect and sterilize reusable surgical instruments correctly.
•    Emphasize ASCs' need to access individuals with expertise in infection control and prevention.
•    Add a statement to promote proactive patient safety culture and initiatives.
•    State that budgetary constraints cannot excuse unsafe injection practices.

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