The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (NH DHHS) has been actively engaged in developing a healthcare-associated infections (HAI) surveillance program since 2007.
During the 2006 legislative season, the New Hampshire legislature passed a bill creating NH RSA 151:32-35 which requires hospitals to identify, track, and report HAI to NH DHHS effective July 1, 2007. The intent of the law is to provide HAI data by hospital to the public. All licensed New Hampshire hospitals began reporting required HAI data in January 2009.
HAI Recovery Act Funding
In August 2009, NH DHHS received $737,551 in federal funding to further develop and support NH's Healthcare-Associated Infections Program. This funding is provided under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and is available through December 31, 2011.
State HAI Plan
In response to the increasing concerns about the public health impact of HAI, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) developed an Action Plan to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections in 2009. The HHS Action Plan includes recommendations for surveillance, research, communication and metrics for measuring progress towards national goals. In accordance with a new federal requirement, New Hampshire submitted a State HAI Plan to HHS in December 2009, which details current and planned activities in HAI prevention and surveillance.
Infection Prevention Guidelines
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee have published numerous infection prevention guidelines for use in healthcare facilities.
Additionally, NH DHHS has published guidelines for the prevention and management of certain infections in healthcare settings.
- Recommendations for the Prevention and Control of Multidrug Resistant Organisms (MDROs) and Clostridium Difficile
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