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NH Statewide Antibiogram

An antibiogram provides a summary of antibiotic susceptibility patterns for selected bacterial pathogens and antibiotics. This information, when combined with clinical expertise, guides optimal antimicrobial treatment for patients. Annual analysis of hospital antibiograms to create a statewide antibiogram allows DHHS to evaluate temporal trends and geographic patterns of antimicrobial resistance in New Hampshire and guide control antimicrobial stewardship efforts. These antibiograms not only provide helpful information to direct clinical antibiotic decisions, but also emphasize the successes and failures of national and local antimicrobial stewardship programs in delaying the dissemination of antibiotic resistance in important bacterial pathogens.

Hand WashingThe 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 included recommendations for surveillance, research, communication and metrics for measuring progress towards national goals. In accordance with a new federal requirement, New Hampshire submitted a plan to HHS in December 2009. The New Hampshire State HAI Plan Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol was updated in 2015 and 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.

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