Scott Fridkin Co-Chair of the Decennial Scientific Program Committee
Challenges before us…
- Making HAI tracking and reporting efforts feasible & sustainable in all hospitals
- Expanding detection and prevention efforts within outpatient settings
- Finding new treatment and prevention strategies for serious pathogens
I agree, Vicky.
In the last 10 years, we have seen accelerated progress in infection prevention in acute care facilities. Hospitals are implementing bundles of prevention strategies, using checklists based on HICPAC guidelines, and reinventing a culture of safety within their facilities. Importantly, more than 2,600 hospitals are tracking infections to monitor progress and better target infection prevention efforts.
However, several challenges now lie before us. These include: making HAI tracking and reporting efforts feasible and sustainable in all hospitals, expanding detection and prevention efforts within outpatient settings, and finding new treatment and prevention strategies for serious pathogens. These three issues will likely prove to be our biggest obstacles to tackle in the coming decade.
Defining the goal of elimination motivates us to stretch our thinking. The Decennial will explore both what we know and do well, and what we still need to know or do.
In essence, the Decennial is an opportunity to re-define the field of infection prevention and patient safety with our traditional partners and many new active partners. As this is done, all of us can accelerate progress toward the next level of infection prevention and realize a newer, safer, healthcare delivery system we all can be proud of.