Both the Health Affairs blog (“How the Ebola crisis could help save 75,000 patients”) and Modern Healthcare (“Ebola focus may have hurt preparedness for other outbreaks”) featured articles recently quoting APIC leaders about the need for properly resourced infection prevention programs to effectively protect patients and healthcare workers from infection threats.
“The red flags flying at so many U.S. hospitals should alert both hospital leadership and U.S. policy makers to the need to better prepare ourselves not only to combat future infectious disease events, but the spread of infections occurring every day in our hospitals,” said APIC 2014 President Jennie L. Mayfield, BSN, MPH, CIC, in Health Affairs.
“There doesn’t seem to be a groundswell for committing additional resources. If you pick up a newspaper, the national reality and the conversation has really shifted from not just Ebola preparedness, but to this broader issue of emergency preparedness in general, and as it’s related to infectious diseases,” said APIC 2015 President Mary Lou Manning, PhD, CRNP, CIC, FAAN, in Modern Healthcare. Both articles resulted from APIC’s work to reach key stakeholders about our infection prevention priorities.