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France's national program to reduce HAIs reports important successes; uses mandatory reporting
Date:3/17/2010

Atlanta, GA (March 18, 2010)Researchers evaluating France's national infection control program for healthcare facilities found significant decreases in the rates of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) since 2004. The drop in HAIs, including MRSA and surgical site infections, could be attributed to important changes in the national infection control system. France's national, regional and local coordinating centers have been reorganized to help facilities throughout the country comply and conform with mandatory public reporting requirements and key program objectives. The findings were presented today at the Fifth Decennial International Conference on Healthcare-Associated Infections.

"The French National Program demonstrates the value of a national standard reporting system for healthcare-associated infections," said Neil Fishman, MD, President of SHEA. "As seen in this study, public transparency can lead to a culture of accountability and continuous healthcare quality improvement. Having accurate data for action drives progress toward the elimination of HAIs, but we need the appropriate infrastructure to achieve these goals."

Laetitia May-Michelangeli, MD Ministry of Health & Sports (MoH), and Christian Brun-Buisson, MD, chair of the national infection control program at Hospital Henri Mondor in Paris, worked with a team of infection control experts to evaluate the impact of the national program to reduce HAIs. Researchers evaluated aggregated data compiled from mandatory annual reports by national surveillance networks from 2005 through 2008. A random sampling of the facilities' annual reports was verified through auditing by subsidiaries from the MoH.

"Many of the target objectives have been achieved," said Dr. May-Michelangeli. "Most healthcare facilities (89 percent) have reached the best performance class for the global indicator of HAI control based on facility type, resources and activities."

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Contact: Sharon Reis
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Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America
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