The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a new toolkit to assist health departments and healthcare facilities with notifying patients after an infection control lapse or potential disease transmission during medical care.
The toolkit includes the key steps a healthcare facility or public health department should take to initiate a patient notification and provides resources to assist with creating notification documents, planning media and communication strategies, establishing communication resources to support patient notification, and releasing notification letters.
CDC’s Patient Notification Toolkit is available HERE.
The CDC will be presenting the toolkit during a workshop at the APIC Annual Conference in Ft. Lauderdale on June 9, and at a series of upcoming webinars and conferences for state and local health officials and communication professionals.
Since 2001, more than 150,000 patients have been potentially exposed to hepatitis B and C viruses and HIV due to unsafe medical practices in U.S. healthcare facilities. Last year, CDC and state health departments notified nearly 14,000 patients during a multistate outbreak of fungal meningitis and other infections.