Update on the National Action Plan to Prevent Health Care-Associated Infections: Where Are We Now?

      BACKGROUND: The National Action Plan to Prevent Health Care-Associated Infections: Road Map to Elimination (NAP) was released in 2013 by the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) in recognition of HAIs as an important public health issue that affects 1 in 25 hospitalized patients. The NAP included metrics to track the progress of HAI reduction in hospitals and opportunities for federal agencies to prevent HAIs, but there has not been an evaluation of federal efforts by ODPHP since its publication. ODPHP wanted to know how many recommendations within the NAP were being addressed and identify opportunities for future federal efforts.
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