As many of you know, recent studies have shown that infection rates are lower than previously estimated. The “Multistate Point-Prevalence Survey of Health Care-Associated Infections” published in the March 27 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) found that on any given day, 1 in 25 inpatients in the U.S. have at least one healthcare-associated infection (HAI). In addition, about 75,000 patients who have an HAI will die during hospitalization. While the current estimates of infections are lower than previous estimates, it is hard to draw direct conclusions from these comparisons because of the differences in patient populations studied, changes in surveillance definitions of HAIs, and varied data collection methods. However, what is clear is that there is still much work to be done.
One of the most important relationships that infection preventionists can cultivate is with their institution's epidemiologist. It's a partnership that is equally appreciated by the epidemiologist who shares the objective of good patient outcomes. It's an alliance that dates back to 1985, when the SENIC Project provided scientific evidence that infection control programs with qualified IPs and hospital epidemiologists could prevent nearly one-third of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs).
Today the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) announced the award winners for four of its prestigious honors given at the 2013 APIC annual conference taking place June 8-10, 2013.