HHS and prevention of Hospital Acquired Infections

Hi Readers:

This message is from Barbara Dunn of www.haiwatch.com If you have further questions, please contact her at


The Department of Health & Human Services recently released its annual report on the quality of health care Americans receive. While there have been some improvements, hospitals still have work to do to put an end to the ongoing – but solvable – problem of Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs).

To help achieve this goal, Kimberly-Clark Health Care launched “Not on My Watch” (www.haiwatch.com), a website that provides tools and information to help facilities eliminate HAIs.  I’ve created a useful microsite that you’re welcome to grab resources from:


I’m also pleased to announce that Kimberly-Clark will match all year-end gifts to the AORN Foundation made by AORN members up to $20,000. All donations will be used to support education, research and patient safety initiatives.

I’d also like to let you know that the HAI Watchdog* Awards are still accepting submissions until midnight December 15th. Individual facilities will be recognized for their outstanding programs and efforts. The goal of these awards is to publicize HAI prevention initiatives on haiwatchdog.com, allowing healthcare providers to share and learn from each other.

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