ODPHP has supported a number of projects to advance the elimination of health care-associated infections by promoting science, recognizing significant achievements in patient care, promoting national partnerships, and developing regional infrastructure. Some of these projects are summarized below.
Technological Innovations for Hand Hygiene Monitoring and Feedback
Because adherence to recommended hand hygiene practices by health care personnel is the most effective way to reduce health care-associated infections, ODPHP partnered with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to expand efforts to develop and validate low-cost methods for measuring hand hygiene adherence via electronic contact tracing. Contact tracing involves the use of wireless devices placed on hand hygiene dispensers, employee badges, and inside patient rooms.
The results of the project are summarized in the following paper:
Ellingson K, Polgreen PM, Schneider A, et al. Healthcare Personnel Perceptions of Hand Hygiene Monitoring Technology. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2011 Nov;32(11):1091-6.
Flu Vaccination of Health Care Personnel: Legal Environmental Review and State Legislative Models
The Influenza Vaccination of the Health Care Workforce Project focused on improving influenza vaccination of health care workers. The project examined the effect that various policy changes may have on influenza vaccination coverage for health care workers and also reviewed the legal environment surrounding requirements for influenza vaccination of health care workers.
Environmental Monitoring and Disinfection of Emerging Resistant Health Care Pathogens
This project was a collaborative effort between ODPHP, CDC, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH), and state health departments. It examined the role of the environment in the spread of emerging multi-drug resistant (MDR) pathogens with the goal of developing infection control measures and minimizing transmission of these pathogens in health care facilities. The data were used to inform the development of later prevention studies designed to establish the optimal methods for preventing transmission of MDR and other pathogens from the environment.
Regional HAI Prevention Projects
From 2010 through 2012, OASH awarded funding for regional projects to address specific goals identified in the National Action Plan to Prevent Health Care-Associated Infections: Road Map to Elimination. Using information and data from the national and state HAI Action Plans, the CDC review of state plans, and the expertise of HAI state advisory councils, these projects addressed gaps in HAI prevention and increased coordination at the state and regional levels to advance the national HAI prevention agenda.
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