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1 Health Policy Letter HCS / 545 September 25, 2017 Dr. Judith Kaplan
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2 Health Policy Letter Dear Sir or Madam, My name is Marianne Cabell, and I am an infection preventionist with a nonprofit tertiary care center located in the Southeast Wisconsin region. The purpose of this letter is to discuss a very serious issue. I would like to pass a policy regarding hand and environmental hygiene. I am always looking for a way to improve our patient safety and outcomes. Hospital-acquired infections are increasingly the cause of patient readmissions into the hospital. I will explain to you why this policy should be passed and how it will affect resources. I will also discuss the impact of not following the policy and the responsibility that we all have on this issue. Proposal of Policy and Purpose According to AHRQ’s Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 2017 “Healthcare- associated infections (HAIs) are among the leading threats to patient safety, affecting one out of every 25 hospital patients at any one time. Over a million HAIs occur across the U.S. health care system every year, leading to the loss of tens of thousands of lives and adding billions of dollars to health care costs” (AHRQ’s Healthcare-Associated Infections Program, para1). According to
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  • Fall '14
  • Nosocomial infection, Hand Washing, Medical hygiene, Healthcare quality, Vaidya

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