NEW HAVEN, CT — 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) have recognized Saint Raphael Campus of Yale New Haven Hospital with the 2012 Partnership in Prevention Award for achieving the greatest sustainable improvements towards eliminating healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), according to a press release.
Co-sponsored by HHS, APIC and SHEA, this inaugural annual award is based on the concepts of the “National Action Plan to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections: Roadmap to Elimination,” the release stated.
According to the release, during the two-year award evaluation period, the Saint Raphael Campus of Yale New Haven Hospital worked diligently to implement numerous best practices taken from infection control, clinical microbiology and medical and nursing literature.
"It is especially fitting to recognize their accomplishments as we launch International Infection Prevention Week, which takes place October 14-20. The quality of the Partnership in Prevention Award applications, and the excellent programs they described, demonstrate that significant progress is being made in eliminating HAIs and protecting patients," said Michelle Farber, RN, CIC, APIC president
"We hope that this increased attention will drive further adherence to, and support for, evidence-based interventions to prevent healthcare-associated infections," Farber added.
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