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 working in long-term care facilities education and training on the prevention and control 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 established 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 were 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.