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HICPAC – Taking the Lead on Safe Healthcare Practices

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Jeffrey Hageman, MHS
Jeffrey Hageman, MHS

Jeffrey C. Hageman, M.H.S.
CDC Epidemiologist and Executive Secretary of HICPAC
CDC’s Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion

Each morning when I review news headlines about the latest medical research identifying a new cure or danger, questions pop into my head. Was the research study designed correctly? Was the information collected accurately? Does this new research finding mean the older recommendations don’t need to be followed? Fortunately, there are groups of experts who review the evidence, ask these questions, and develop recommendations so that clinicians have the best information available to practice safe care.

One important group that advises the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC). HICPAC is a federal advisory committee composed of 14 external infection control experts who come from a variety of medical fields such as infectious diseases, nursing, surgery, critical care medicine, and public health. HICPAC also has a consumer advocate representative, as well as representation from both other federal agencies and professional organizations. HICPAC’s primary function is to issue recommendations in the form of guidelines for the prevention of healthcare-associated infections. Guideline topics range from how to prevent catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) and surgical site infections (SSIs) to how personnel should clean medical equipment and rooms between patients.

On June 17 and 18, HICPAC will convene in Atlanta, where it will discuss prevention of SSIs, preventing infections among babies in neonatal intensive care units, and infection prevention in ambulatory care settings. Are you interested in learning more about HIPCAC, its mission, and its efforts to ensure the protection of patients in healthcare settings? If so, please visit:

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    ICUs medical staff sometimes experienced a very critical situation ; that when efforts make to prevent HCAIs, especially (CAUTIs), and following the HICPAC guidelines; difficulties come to maintain these efforts with those patient who lay for long periods. For instants ; observations on the monthly review on the HCAI shows significant correlation between high CAUTI incidence and long admission days .therefore; when the course of the ICU stay period not determined ; especially when policies for that face religious aspects ( in term of no one have a right to end life of some one who have uncertain survival chances);The HCAI rates will remain high.

    The HICPAC is avery important organization doing a vitallhy important function. But I wonder how much all healthcare facilities follow the HICPAC recommendations especially those in rural areas, nursing homes, and community based urgent cares. Do you have any means for tracking if recommendations are being followed? And, if not, what happens? We have progressed as far as controlling healthcare associated infections but we still have a ways to go to get them significantly reduced or eliminated. Best wishes, Michael E. Bailey.

    As an Infection Preventionist in a healthcare facility, we rely on the HICPAC Guidelines to drive our recommendations in the delivery of safe patient care.
    I could not agree more with the opening statements regarding questioning the design of the studies, etc. as the impact on the results are affected.
    I commend the members of HICPAC for the hard work that is required to ensure the Guidelines meet the intended need.

    Kathy Ward, RN, BSN, MPH, CIC

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