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Joint Commission HAI Portal Makes Resources More Accessible

Thursday, April 19, 2012

The Joint Commission enterprise has launched a healthcare-associated infections (HAI) electronic portal containing information of value to laboratory professionals and others working to prevent the spread of HAI in healthcare settings. The “kiosk” of resources—some available at no cost and others that must be purchased—includes information on hand hygiene, central line-associated bloodstream infections, multidrug-resistant organisms, surgical site infections, catheter-associated urinary tract infections, and ventilator-associated pneumonia. The goal of establishing the portal, which congregates all of these resources in one spot, is to make this information easy to access and use. “Healthcare-associated infections are harmful for patients, costly for health care organizations, and largely preventable,” said Jerod M. Loeb, PhD, executive vice president, Healthcare Quality Evaluation, The Joint Commission. “We hope that the easily accessible information on the HAI Portal will assist healthcare organizations, practitioners, and caregivers to prevent HAIs in their organizations, practices, and homes. The HAI Portal also includes resources on influenza, staff education, and vaccinations.