Infection Control Breaches Reportable to Public Health Authorities

Karen Morris in Clinical & Quality

State Survey Agencies have been notified via attached CMS S&C letter 14-36, that some breaches of infection control,  that they identify during surveys, may also need to be referred to the appropriate state public health authority. For example, in the case of bloodborne pathogen transmission, public health authorities may need to be contacted to conduct a community outreach risk assessment to identify others who may have had an exposure. Several examples of the types of breaches that the state survey agencies should refer are listed in the memo.

Karen Morris
Director, Clinical & Quality Services
518-462-4800, ext. 15