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The 'Zero' Mentality: Is It Good for Infection Control?
Date:4/7/2008

reventable, nor do we know how much we can reduce mortality.

Also speaking at the session is Chesley Richards, M.D., M.P.H., deputy director of the division of healthcare quality promotion of the CDC. He explores the emerging financial, regulatory and legislative approaches being taken to promote "getting to zero." He comments on several bills before Congress that would require national reporting of hospital infection rates. Currently, 20 states have passed such laws. He also discusses Medicare's reduction of payments to hospitals in instances where patients acquire an infection in the hospital.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that each year there are 1.7 million healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs) in American hospitals and 99,000 deaths linked to them.

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The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) was organized in 1980 to foster the development and application of the science of healthcare epidemiology, which is broadly defined as activities designed to study and/or improve patient care outcomes. Healthcare epidemiology includes a variety of disciplines and activities including epidemiologic and laboratory investigation, surveillance, risk reduction, policy, education and cost-benefit assessment.


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