HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Announces $50M to Reduce HAIs in Hospitals

At a speech before the AFSCME Nurses Conference, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius challenged hospitals to work to reduce healthcare associated infections. Published by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the annual 2008 National Healthcare Quality Report and 2008 National Healthcare Disparities Report indicate that patient safety measures have worsened and that a substantial number of Americans do not receive recommended care. Upon issuing the reports, Sebelius also announced the availability of $50 million in Recovery Act resources to fight healthcare associated infections and improve patient safety.