Implementation of best clinical and infection prevention practices are provided in guidelines and standards published by government organizations, professional associations, and quality groups.
A conceptual approach to guide current and future practice
Includes three essential resources: Environmental Infection Control — What CMS Surveyors Are Looking For, Environmental Cleaning Policy and Procedure Template, Spills Policy and Procedure Template
Access the Webinar Library which provides the most comprehensive healthcare-associated infection reduction strategies, education and training available.
ANSI/AAMI ST41, Ethylene oxide sterilization in health care facilities: Safety and effectiveness. ANSI/AAMI ST79, Comprehensive guide to steam sterilization and sterility assurance in health care facilities.
Access materials from the summit, where leaders met to identify, discuss, and formulate strategic initiatives and priorities to improve the safe reprocessing of reusable medical devices.
Contains the AORN approved standards, recommended practices, guidelines, and guidance statements. These comprehensive documents reflect the perioperative RN’s scope of professional responsibility and provide essential information for the delivery of safe patient care and a safe work environment.
Determining whether the AER is located on the decontamination or the clean side of the SPD or the endoscopy suite reprocessing area will depend on the type of AER being used.
The CDC offers complimentary interactive hand hygiene education and training, presented as a slide show, covering standard precautions, the importance of standard precautions, the importance of hand hygiene, concerns surrounding standard precautions and provider hand hygiene practices.
The CDC offers a hand reminder hygiene poster for reminding people to wash their hands after using the bathroom.
The CDC offers a hand hygiene reminder poster modeled after the British World War II motivational slogan "Keep Calm and Carry On" for reminding people in healthcare facilities to wash their hands.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released recommendations of the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee and the HICPAC/SHEA/APIC/IDSA Hand Hygiene Task Force in 2002. This is still the most current source of recommendations.
Surface, hand and skin antisepsis is critical to the prevention and control of healthcare-acquired infections. This immersion center is designed to provide the latest information, tools, resources and guidance for evidence-based infection prevention practices in healthcare facilities.
The Surface Disinfection Insights Center provides you with the information and the tools you need to help teach front line clinicians and environmental services personnel about proper cleaning and disinfection of the high touch objects and surfaces that can become contaminated very quickly. Tools are available on effective disinfection of both hard and soft surfaces in the healthcare environment.
The Department of Health's latest summary of evidence based infection prevnetion and control recommendations to ensure patient protection.
Infection: prevention and control of healthcare-associated infections in primary and community care.
The Infection Prevention Society publishes guidance and standards for nurses and other practitioners working in infection prevention and control.
Audit Tools for Monitoring Infection Control Guildeines within the Community Setting
Prevention and control of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs)
This instruction establishes policies and provides clarification to ensure uniform inspection procedures are followed when conducting inspections to enforce the Occupational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens Standard.
This interactive site provides safety and health tips on topics such as Glutaraldehyde and Bloodborne Pathogens processing
SGNA has compiled multiple standards and guidelines that address issues directly affecting the practice of gastroenterology nursing.
The Joint Commission offers a comprehensive monograph on measuring hand hygiene compliance. The 10-chaper work covers foundations for hand hygiene measurement, developing measurements strategies, observing adherence to hand hygiene guidelines, measuring product use, conducting surveys, assessing the thoroughness of hand hygiene and related aspects, international hand hygiene improvement tools and efforts, displaying and interpreting hand hygiene data for maximum effectiveness, factors contributing to hand hygiene improvement and resources for measurement and improvement.
JCR's learning community is an online, interactive, educational forum for today's busy healthcare professionals who are concerned about quality and patient safety, but who also need to balance and meet the day-to-day demands of their jobs as care providers.
This website is a rich resource of information related to health care-associated infections that is available from The Joint Commission enterprise.
The Joint Commission's Annual Report on Quality and Safety
This monograph is intended to stimulate greater awareness of the potential synergies between patient and worker health and safety activities.
Hospital Compare displays rates for Process of Care measures that show whether or not hospitals provide some of the care that is recommended for patients being treated for a heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, asthma (children only) or patients having surgery.
Partnering To Heal is a computer-based, interactive learning tool for clinicians, health professional students, and patient advocates. The training highlights effective communication about infection control practices and what it means to help create a “culture of safety” in healthcare institutions. Trainees follow five main characters and make decisions about preventing HAIs.
These training modules is designed to help prevent future outbreaks and educate clinicians on preventing HAIs in ambulatory surgery centers (ASC).
Provides strategies to increase adherence to preventive interventions and/or reduce infection rates for central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI), ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP), surgical site infections (SSI), and catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI)
The WHO offers a poster detailing hand washing protocol, complete with diagrams.
The WHO offers a poster detailing hand sanitizing protocol with alcohol-based sanitizer, complete with diagrams.
The World Health Organization report contains information on healthcare-associated infections, models of transmission by hands, a review of methods for hand hygiene, recommended methods for hand hygiene, behavioral considerations for improving hand hygiene compliance and a review of potential barriers to hand hygiene.
Multimodal Hand Hygiene Improvement Strategy