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What's New | October 12, 2011

Reducing Hospital-Acquired Infections Reducing Hospital-Acquired Infections
Nearly 1.7 million hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) occur annually, leading to approximately 99,000 deaths every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). (Adobe Reader is required to view or print the PDF. Download a free copy hereExternal Web Site Policy) Recent efforts have demonstrated that infections can be controlled and significantly reduced through relatively simple measures.

The featured Innovations describe three programs that have reduced HAIs by implementing infection control measures ranging from weekly rounds to a set of common protocols and practices.

The featured QualityTools describe two toolkits designed to assist health care professionals in implementing infection control measures in hospitals.
Featured Innovations:
Featured QualityTools:

 Guide to the Elimination of Catheter-Related Bloodstream Infections
Developed by Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology

 Health Care–Associated Infections: Prevention Toolkits
Developed by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID), Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion (DHQP)

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Developed by Brown University Center for Gerontology and Health Care Research

 Period of PURPLE Crying®: A New Way To Understand Your Baby's Crying
Developed by National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome