January 6, 2016
Moving to a coordinated infection prevention approach
When the White House released its National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacterialast year, it was clear that the five goals laid out would take a cooperative effort from public health, health care, pharmaceutical, food and other private industries with efforts spanning nationally, regionally and locally. Boiling the scope down to an organizational level, health care systems are forming and perfecting internal partnerships to knock down antibiotic resistance. However, infection prevention efforts have to make it outside the hospital’s walls to optimize their effectiveness. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it’s all too common for patients to be transferred from one facility to another without all of the necessary communication and infection control actions — e.g., even independent efforts in which facilities work to enhance internal infection control efforts, but are not alerted to outbreaks in other facilities in their area.