The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology will launch a program aimed at educating infection control professionals to eliminate healthcare-associated infections.
The Washington-based organizations Target Zero initiative will provide education, research and guidance on how to avoid the three infections the CMS has classified as preventablecatheter-associated urinary-tract infections, central-line catheter-associated bloodstream infections and mediastinitis, an infection found after coronary artery bypass surgeryin addition to the Clostridium difficile-associated disease. The program will begin in January with a study of the prevalence of C. difficile in healthcare facilities, the APIC announced.
The program, including an educational webinar series and a conference in the fall at which the APIC will announce the results of its study, will also help providers address the CMS new reimbursement policy that will end payments for treatment related to infections acquired in hospitals. -- by Jean DerGurahian
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