A coordinated approach to infection control could save thousands of lives over the next five years, according to the latest Vital Signs report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC report uses modeling to show the potential effect of using the current approach to infection control – an increase in the spread of infections that are resistant to antibiotic treatment, which can cause serious health complications, including sepsis and death. The report recommends coordination between public health departments and health care facilities, using the following two-part approach:

  • Public health departments track and alert health care facilities to antibiotic-resistant bacteria and infections that are present in their geographic area.
  • Health care facilities work together and with public health departments to implement infection control plans to combat the threat of antibiotic-resistant bacteria between facilities.

Vital Signs also notes that previously proposed State Antibiotic Resistance Prevention Programs would be able to implement coordination between public health departments and health care facilities.

The CDC is committed to reducing the spread and impact of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and infections over the next five years as part of the National Strategy to Combat Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Beth Feldpush, DrPH, senior vice president of policy and advocacy, at bfeldpush@essentialhospitals.org or 202.585.0111.