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HHS, APIC, and SHEA honor Wisconsin hospital for achievements in eliminating health-care infections
Date:11/26/2013

Washington, DC, November 26, 2013 The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) today recognized the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics (UWHC) with the 2013 Partnership in Prevention Award for achieving sustainable improvements towards eliminating healthcare-associated infections (HAIs).

Co-sponsored by HHS, APIC, and SHEA, this annual award is based on the concepts of the "National Action Plan to Prevent Health Care-Associated Infections: Roadmap to Elimination."

At any given time, about 1 in every 20 inpatients has an infection related to hospital care. These infections cost the U.S. healthcare system billions of dollars each year and lead to the loss of tens of thousands of lives.

Preventing HAIs requires a multidisciplinary approach, implemented by a team that includes hospital administrators, healthcare providers, clinical leaders, infection prevention experts, and others throughout the care setting. The University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, a 566-bed tertiary care facility, engaged multidisciplinary collaborative teams, bolstered by effective and engaged leadership, to successfully implement a number of innovative interventions to prevent HAIs. Through this comprehensive approach, UWHC was able to significantly reduce ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) and catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI), which are two of the most common HAIs.

"HAI prevention is an essential element of improving patient care. The 2013 Partnership in Prevention applicants demonstrated that the best patient outcomes are achieved when prevention involves multidisciplinary teams with leadership support working together," said John Jernigan, MD, MS president for the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America. "Focusing efforts on using evidence-based approache
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Contact: Liz Garman
egarman@apic.org
202-454-2604
Association for Professionals in Infection Control
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