Healthcare-Associated Infection Network
infections (HAI) are a serious patient safety issue, and reducing HAIs is a
national priority. In 2009, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
developed an action plan with national goals for reducing HAIs, and provided
funds through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) for each state
to develop and implement its own HAI Action Plan.
In 2011, Stratis Health, Associated Professionals in Infection
Control – Minnesota (APIC-MN), the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and MHA
formed the Collaborative Healthcare-Associated Infection Network (CHAIN).
partnership was formed to develop and carry out effective approaches for
reducing healthcare-associated infections in Minnesota. HAI prevention goals
will be achieved through interventions focused on hand hygiene, transmission
precautions, injection practices, antimicrobial stewardship and environmental
cleaning. The comprehensive unit-based safety program (CUSP) contributes to the foundation for all HAI prevention efforts.
CHAIN will focus on the prevention of:
associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI)
difficile infections (CDI, C. diff)
line associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI)
- Multidrug resistant organisms (MDRO), including MRSA, VRE and MDR
site infections (SSI)
associated pneumonia (VAP)