HICPAC Meeting To Be Held This Month

February 7, 2012

The Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC) will be meeting February 16-17, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.

The meeting is open to the public.  Visitors attending must register prior to the meeting.

The agenda for the meeting includes the following:

  • CDC’s dialysis HAI activities,
  • CDC’s long-term care HAI Activities,
  • Draft guideline for the prevention of infections among patients in neonatal intensive care units (NICU),
  • Draft guideline for infection control in healthcare personnel,
  • Draft guideline for the prevention of surgical site infections,
  • Update from the HICPAC surveillance working group, and
  • Updates on HAI surveillance definitions.

HICPAC is a federal committee that provides advice and guidance to Health and Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID). The committee provides advice regarding “(1) the practice of healthcare infection control; (2) strategies for surveillance, prevention, and control of infections (e.g., nosocomial infections), antimicrobial resistance, and related events in settings where healthcare is provided; and (3) periodic updating of guidelines and other policy statements regarding prevention of healthcare-associated infections and healthcare-related conditions.”

Reference:  Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee.  Federal Register, 77(20): 4820 (January 31, 2012).

Click here to read the Federal Register Notice.

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