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Joint Commission and CDC team up on ambulatory infection prevention project

In November, The Joint Commission and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) joined forces to create model infection control plans for outpatient settings. The initiative seeks to enhance the CDC’s existing guidance on infection control and prevention in ambulatory care centers.

For the initiative, The Joint Commission will be working with 12 outpatient-focused professional organizations and 10 ambulatory healthcare systems. The Joint Commission and CDC also will engage with local chapters of the professional organizations and state health departments that have an interest in enhancing infection prevention and control in their areas.

The goal of this effort, which is supported through a CDC Safety and Healthcare Epidemiology Prevention Research Development contract, is to create model infection control plans and expand the dissemination and adoption of these and other materials to prevent infections in outpatient settings.
The project will focus on a variety of free-standing ambulatory settings and services. The Joint Commission and CDC will select and work with 12 outpatient-focused professional organizations (e.g., medical specialties that primarily serve ambulatory patient populations), and 10 ambulatory health care systems. They also will engage with local chapters of the professional organizations and state health departments interested in improving infection prevention and control.

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About the Author: Brian Ward is an Associate Editor at HCPro working on accreditation, patient safety, and quality news.

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