Infection Control Today

OCT 2018

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Proven, Quantifi ed Hygienically Clean Linens, Gowns and Scrubs Infection prevention to minimize HAIs requires your laundry service to be Hygienically Clean certifi ed to ensure healthcare textiles (HCTs) are safe from microbes, molds and fungus: • Proven best laundry practices detailed in quality assurance (QA) manuals • Multiple third-party inspections that follow consistent, proven protocols • Quarterly testing of clean laundry to internationally recognized standards Managed by an advisory board of laundry, epidemiology, infection control, nursing and other healthcare professionals, Hygienically Clean is the right certifi cation to include in your RFP for linen and uniform service. YOUR LAUNDRY VISIT PLAN—Know what to look for when you observe a healthcare laundry's washing, fi nishing (drying, folding, ironing), staging and storage. Download this guide to visible indications of a laundry's thoroughness, based on Hygienically Clean certifi cation inspection protocols: www.hygienicallyclean.org/laundryvisit security or avoiding financial crises. The commission recommended an investment of approximately $4.5 billion per year – which equates to 65 cents per person – to enhance prevention, detection and preparedness. The biggest component of this investment is to upgrade public health infrastructure and capabilities for low- and middle-income- countries, which is estimated to cost up to $3.4 billion per year. The second biggest component of the $4.5 billion fgure is $1 billion per year to fund accelerated research and development in a wide range of medical products. The balance relates to fnancing the strengthening of the World Health Organization (WHO)'s capabilities and funding WHO and World Bank contingency funds. "We have neglected this dimension of global security," said commission chair Peter Sands. "Pandemics don't respect national boundaries, so we have a common interest in strengthening our defenses against infectious diseases in every part of the world. Preventing and preparing for potentially catastrophic pandemics is far more effective – and ultimately, far less expensive – than reacting to them when they occur, which they will." The commission suggests that at least one pandemic will emerge over the next 100 years, with a 20 percent chance of seeing four or more. To protect against these threats, the top priority must be to reinforce the frst line of defense against potential pandemics, public health capabilities, and infrastructure at a national level, even in failed or fragile states, because regional or global capabilities cannot compensate for defciencies at a national or local level. This requires governments to prioritize investment in their health systems, as part of their fundamental duty to protect their people, the report says. It also requires effective engagement of communities, given the vital role they play in outbreak detection and response. The commission said stronger international coordination and response mechanisms are also essential, given the signifcant shortcoming revealed during the Ebola outbreak. The commission also called for the acceleration of research and development across a wide range of medical products – including vaccines, therapeutics, diagnostic tools, personal protective equipment, and instruments. Earlier this year, the Government Account- ability Offce (GAO) issued a report, Funding and Performance of Key Preparedness and Capacity-Building Programs, to reinforce the critical importance of ensuring sustainable, predictable, and robust public health funding for both routine surveillance and reporting activities, as well as emergency preparedness. The GAO report analyzed preparedness funding for three programs within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) from 2002-2017: Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity (ELC), Public Health Emergency Program (PHEP); and the Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP). These programs carry out public health preparedness and response efforts that are funded substantially through annual appropriations. The remaining is funding is from supplemental appropriations to respond to specifc infectious diseases threats, including Zika and Ebola. The report was developed based on data provided on awards, as well as measurement data on awardees' infectious diseases preparedness capacity. Federal and non-federal stakeholders were interviewed for additional insight. "This report demonstrates that awards from annual appropriations are not enough to support the resources needed during an infectious diseases outbreak," says Kaye. "In emergency response efforts, communities are left vulnerable to every day infectious diseases threats while precious funds are redistributed to outbreak response. It is critical to establish mechanisms for robust and timely supplemental funding for outbreak situations."

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