To improve care by reducing occurrence of healthcare-associated infections (HAI) through the standardization and dissemination of evidence-based interventions in hospitals across the state. In order to monitor performance, as well as to address increasing consumer demand for public reporting of HAI, an initial focus is targeted at the identification and reporting of HAI outcomes.
The HAI Work Group (HAIWG) is comprised of individuals from Rocky Mountain Infection Control Association, Association for Professionals in Infection Control (APIC), HealthInsight, Utah Department of Health (Epidemiology, and Patient Safety), Intermountain Healthcare, University Healthcare Hospital and Clinics, Utah Hospital and Health Systems Association, Mountain West Medical Center, Mountainstar Medical Group, and Iasis Medical Group.
This multidisciplinary group has been meeting since 2005 as the statewide healthcare-associated infections work group. The HAIWG was established and charged to identify process and outcome measures for reporting healthcare-associated infections (HAI) in Utah hospitals. The HAIWG was instrumental in collaborating on a State rule that requires hospitals to report healthcare worker influenza vaccination rates and central line-associated bloodstream infections.
Work group chairs:
Rouett Abouzelof, RN, MSN, CIC
Aaron Spilker, RN, BS