in Long-Term Care Coalition
The Wisconsin Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs) in Long-Term Care
Coalition is a collaborative effort to reduce and eliminate
healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) among long-term care residents.
The Coalition brings long-term care providers, professional
organizations, University of Wisconsin and Department of Health Services
staff together to provide healthcare personnel in long-term care facilities
education and training on the prevention and treatment of HAIs.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines
healthcare-associated infections as infections that residents acquire during
the course of receiving healthcare treatment for other conditions.
In 2009, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published the,
National Action Plan to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections: Roadmap to
Elimination, recognizing that HAIs are both a public health and patient
safety issue. The plan establishes a three phase approach to reduce and
eliminate HAIs, targeting specific provider types over a five year period.
Acknowledging that long-term care (LTC) facilities are in phase three of
the National Plan and coordinated national and state efforts would not be
implemented until 2013 or later, the Division of Quality Assurance began
discussions in 2011 with the CDC and the Wisconsin Division of Public Health
to launch an HAI in LTC initiative in Wisconsin. In March 2012, the
Wisconsin HAI in LTC Coalition was formed.
Last Updated: April 22, 2014