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Experts convene at HAI summit

November 2, 2012

WASHINGTON — The Infection Prevention Leadership Summit provides hope that healthcare teams will continue striving for new solutions to combat healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), according to a press release.
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HAIs remain a significant threat to patient health and recovery and the financial viability of healthcare facilities, the release stated.

According to the release, approximately one in 20 hospitalized patients acquires an HAI, with an estimated annual direct medical cost to hospitals between $28.4 and $45 billion.

New approaches are needed that focus on leadership and collaboration across disciplines to achieve sustainable HAI reduction, which was the focus of the 2012 Infection Prevention Leadership Summit (IPLS) hosted by the 3M Infection Prevention Division and its partners Sage ProductsBelimed and Rochester Medical, the release noted.

"This summit provided a unique chance for us to see how other facilities are approaching their challenges and business cases and how we can put these key learnings and leadership skills into practice at our own facility," said Valerie Prager, RN, working in epidemiology at Cedars-Sinai Medical System.

Click here to read the release in its entirety.