Information for professionals about Healthcare-associated infection (HAI) activities in New Mexico is included in the first 3 sections below. The fourth section includes materials from a broad range of HAI resources.
Multiple HAI initiatives are underway in New Mexico, some of which are operating state wide, and others focused in specific healthcare facilities. Statewide activities being conducted by the New Mexico Healthcare-associated Infections Program (NM HAI) are listed below. The program encourages enrollment of New Mexico healthcare facilities for voluntary data submission on specified HAI indicators.
The data submitted by healthcare facilities will be used in support of collaborative solutions at the healthcare facility level to decrease HAI, improved NMDOH HAI surveillance and response capacity, and consumer needs for HAI related information.
Healthcare facilities can participate in any or all of the following three components: NM HAI Reporting Group, Learning Collaboratives, and NM Emerging Infections Program HAI. For information on joining please e-mail us at HAI.Program@state.nm.us or refer to this quick reference with contact and program information which provides phone numbers and e-mail addresses of HAI staff.
Voluntary healthcare facility data reporting of:
Tools for healthcare personnel (HCP) influenza vaccination reporting in New Mexico are available at: HCP Reporting Group Tools
Tools for NHSN reporting in New Mexico are available at: NHSNReportingGroupTools
Collaborate with staff from other New Mexico facilities to develop surveillance standards and best practices, educate patients and providers, share knowledge, and work together to decrease the rate of HAI in participating facilities.
The EIP HAI is a population based network through Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state health departments. The goal of EIP HAI is to conduct surveillance for emerging HAI. There are 10 EIP HAI sites across the United States including New Mexico.
The New Mexico EIP HAI is currently working on two projects. The 2010-2011 projects are the HAI and Antimicrobial Use Prevalence Survey and the Denominator Data Simplification project. NMDOH has created a separate group in NHSN called New Mexico Emerging Infections Program (NMEIP). This network/group serves as a potential pool of facilities that may volunteer to participate in EIP HAI NHSN projects. We welcome and encourage New Mexico healthcare facility Infection Preventionists (IPs) to participate in these projects. Joining the group in NHSN does not commit the IP or facility to any specific project.
The overall goal of the EIP HAI projects is to minimize work done by IPs on EIP HAI projects and maximize that done by dedicated NMDOH staff.
Learn more about these projects. Please learn more about the EIP HAI and Antimicrobial Use Prevalence Survey by viewing a summary poster of the Phase 2 Survey. This poster was presented at the New Mexico Public Health Association meeting in April 2011: EIP HAI Prevalence Survey Poster 2.23.11
Specifically for CLABSI prevention in dialysis facilities from CDC:
United Nations World Health Organization has a My 5 Moments for Hand Hygiene that defines the key moments when health-care workers should perform hand hygiene.
Increased influenza vaccination rates among healthcare personnel (HCP) are associated with decreased mortality in elderly patients and decreased HCP absenteeism. Asymptomatic HCP can shed influenza and healthcare-associated influenza outbreaks are well characterized.
HCP vaccination is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as part of strategies to prevent and control influenza. Hospitals accredited by The Joint Commission (TJC) has a slide set:
APIC’s "Protect Your Patients, Protect Yourself" program features a variety of helpful resource materials infection preventionists may use to encourage healthcare institutions to implement or expand their healthcare personnel immunization programs.
First, Protect the Patient From Harm, an article from July/August 2010 Patient Safety and Quality Healthcare journal, offers suggestions for incorporating what we know about adult learning into the process of educating HCP about HAI and medical errors.
E-mail Contact: HAI.Program@state.nm.us