HHS has recognized 37 hospitals and healthcare systems for their progress in combating healthcare-associated infections, life-threatening complications that affect roughly one in every 20 patients in the U.S.
HHS hails progress against infections
The awards were given to hospitals in recognition of their efforts in two areas: prevention of ventilator-associated pneumonia and prevention of central-line associated bloodstream infections. Some organizations received Outstanding Leadership awards, indicating that they had met their infection-prevention goals for 25 months or more. The remaining honorees received awards recognizing sustained improvement, or consistent progress over an 18- to 24-month period.
“These awards strive to motivate clinicians, hospital executives and facilities to improve clinical practice so the healthcare community cannot only reduce but eventually eliminate healthcare-associated infections,” Justine Medina, director of professional practice and programs for the Association of Critical Care Nurses, said in an HHS news release. “The awards recognize teams of critical care professionals whose notable achievements lead the way toward achieving this goal.”
The awards are part of a national awards program, created with the Critical Care Societies Collaborative, that will recognize successful infection prevention efforts, according to HHS.
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