Medical Technology and Healthcare-Associated Infections Forum

September 29 - 30, 2016

2016 Forum Medical Technology and HAIsAt the Medical Technology and Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs) Forum, AAMI and its partners met with more than 100 stakeholders concerned with the use of medical devices—healthcare administrators, clinicians, researchers, instrument processing personnel, and device manufacturers—to explore how and why device- and equipment-associated transmissions occur, and to identify solutions to the problem. The stakeholder event was a first step in gaining the consensus needed to take a systems approach to combating HAIs.

A report, Preventing Device-Related Healthcare-Associated Infections, breaks down the issues that lead to HAIs into three categories:

  • People. Those involved with medical devices and equipment.
  • Places. Where devices and equipment are sued and reprocessed.
  • Things. The devices and equipment themselves.

The conclusion: HAIs are not isolated events. They are system failures, which must be combated through a committed team effort.

New Resource

HAI ChecklistsDrawing upon the lessons of the forum, AAMI has developed a free resource for stakeholders to help them reduce the likelihood of disease transmission and subsequent HAIs. Checklists for Preventing Healthcare-Associated Infections: Key Considerations for the Purchase and Use of Reusable Medical Devices is designed to be filled in as an electronic PDF or printed and completed by hand.

Conveners

  • AAMI
  • American Hospital Association
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Food and Drug Administration, Center for Devices and Radiological Health
  • The Joint Commission