Further, the CDC HICPAC
does not recommend routine cleansing of the periurethral area with antiseptics to prevent CAUTI during catheter usage.
8] This plan involves the collaboration of infection control, pharmacy and therapeutics, microbiology, nursing, and housekeeping services; and the HICPAC
recommendations form the basis for implementation of quality improvement programs and the provision of continuing education programs stressing an aggressive approach for all direct patient care providers.
The objective of this study was to evaluate intravenous vancomycin use at a secondary-care teaching hospital and to estimate the proportion of intravenous vancomycin prescribed for an indication meeting the HICPAC
guidelines, using actual information available in chart-review.
In July 1997, the CDC and HICPAC
published major interim guidelines for all healthcare professionals to prevent and control vancomycin-resistant staphylococcal infections.
The Task Force included members of HICPAC
(Hospital Infection Control Practice and Advisory Committee), SHEA (Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America), APIC (Association of Practitioners in Infection Control and Epidemiology) and IDSA (Infectious Disease Society of America).
Guidelines for the administration of outpatient parenteral antibiotic therapy (OPAT) noted this and encouraged adherence to HICPAC