The medical product supply chain is key to the development and delivery of infection control supplies to providers.
The Coalition has partnered with the Association of Professionals in Infection Control (APIC) in support of funding for the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) which, along with the Prevention Epicenters research program, are critical tools to address scientific gaps in HAI detection and prevention.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are among the top ten leading causes of death in the U.S., accounting for approximately 100,000 deaths annually as well as an estimated tens of billions of dollars each year. HAIs are infections that patients contract in a healthcare facility, from bacteria, viruses and other pathogens which are frequently resistant to antimicrobial treatment. They result in serious clinical, public health, and economic costs, including prolonged hospital stays, long-term disability, preventable deaths, increased antimicrobial resistance, excess financial costs to healthcare systems, and high costs for patients and their families. Fortunately, many HAIs can be prevented when public policy requires and incentivizes healthcare facilities to implement comprehensive infection prevention and control practices.
In response to this growing threat, the Department of Health and Human Services developed the Action Plan to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections to focus national efforts and track progress in reducing the most prevalent, costly and deadly infections in acute care hospital settings.