A vaccine is on the way, but it will be months before shots are available to everyone who needs one. Thus, the winter will not be the time to ease infection control precautions, especially with a resurgence of cases after the year-end holidays.
The rate of central line infections was too high, so leaders assessed policies and procedures, including a special look at specifics like the cleaning products used for central lines. Administrators also educated nurses on how to establish, maintain, and remove central lines, while physicians revised the criteria for what patients could receive them. Staff observe stringent protocols for handwashing and sanitization.
The five-point strategy crafted in previous years remains the same, but the tactics have improved to help execute the goals. The new plan includes details about stronger and more evidence-based activities that have reduced antibiotic resistance that public health officials can lean on to drive progress.