Virginia Issues December HAI Newsletter

December 5, 2012

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) has issued its December 2012 healthcare-associated infections (HAI) program newsletter, “Synergy: Combining Efforts for HAI Prevention.”

The newsletter contains information about the following topics:

  • a summary of a recent Clostridium difficile collaborative webinar,
  • HAI grantees’ meeting summary,
  • information about National Handwashing Awareness Week,
  • a discussion about surgical site infection (SSI) surveillance changes for 2013,
  • a fungal meningitis outbreak update,
  • information about Get Smart About Antibiotics Week,
  • information about a new resident safety tool for nursing homes developed by the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ),
  • norovirus prevention tips, and
  • information about bed bugs in healthcare settings.

The newsletter also provides access information for a new VDH toolkit on infection prevention resources for outpatient (ambulatory care).

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