Menu of Selected Provisions in Healthcare-Associated Infection Laws: A Companion to CDC-ASTHO Toolkit, 'Eliminating HAI: State Policy Options'   [open pdf - 2MB]

"In 2010, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and its partners in the field of infection control proposed a call to action in both the 'American Journal of Infection Control and Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology' charging health care providers to eliminate healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) through increasing adherence to evidence-based guidelines. Responding to numerous governmental and private sector activities initiated following the publication of that white paper, CDC and the Association for State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) began a collaboration to study and educate about HAI policies and programs in states. Because state health agencies are responsible for protecting patients across the healthcare system and serve as a bridge between private healthcare entities and the public, state-run HAI programs play a central role in HAI elimination. […] This Menu of Selected Provisions in Healthcare-Associated Infection Laws (the menu) supplements the information provided in the toolkit. The menu provides useful examples of provisions among 33 existing statutes from states and 1 territory that authorize state action related to HAIs. These statutes are categorized by the same major HAI topic areas (topics) discussed in the toolkit and rely primarily on laws in states where CDC and ASTHO engaged stakeholders in a second phase of the project to examine the early impacts of state programs. The menu does not discuss regulatory provisions and is not intended to provide recommendations concerning HAI legislation. Instead, the menu will be useful for legal practitioners involved in drafting HAI legislation who seek examples of state statutory provisions related to important HAI topics."

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