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Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs)

Information for Local Health Departments

The North Carolina program to prevent healthcare-associated infections is part of a larger national effort led by the federal Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC) External link and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) External link.

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Tools & Websites

  • NC DHHS: Injection Safety
  • One and Only Campaign - North Carolina External link - North Carolina-specific materials and activities related to the One and Only Campaign (CDC/SIPC) to raise awareness among patients and healthcare providers about safe injection practices.
  • CDC: About the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) External link
  • CDC Toolkit: Guidance for Control of Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) External link - Algorithms, sample documents and forms, and regional and facility-level strategies.
  • CDC Vital Signs: Making Healthcare Safer - Stopping C. difficile Infections External link (March 2012) - Includes fact sheet and audio podcast.
  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) External link - Links to information, tools, and resources on healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) as well as AHRQ-funded research and initiatives to reduce HAIs.
  • Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC): A Compendium of Strategies to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections in Acute Care Hospitals External link - A set of strategies published by the Society of Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) and the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) in partnership with APIC, the American Hospital Association, and The Joint Commission. The publication focuses on the six most common healthcare-associated infections: C. difficile, MRSA, central line-associated bloodstream infections, ventilator-associated pneumonia, catheter-associated urinary tract infections, and surgical site infections.
  • APIC: Infection Info for Consumers External link - Free educational information on a variety of infection prevention topics including hand hygiene and antibiotics use.
  • APIC: Healthcare-Associated Infections Elimination Library External link - Six courses designed to educate healthcare workers on the appropriate precautions and guidelines to prevent the transmission of infections. Each course has a 30-minute version that is applicable for all healthcare professionals as well as an hour-long version that is approved for one contact hour of continuing nursing education (CNE).
  • Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA): Key References for Preventing HAI (PDF) External link - A printable list of publications, websites and patient guides.
  • HHS: "Partnering to Heal: Teaming Up Against HAIs" External link - A computer-based, interactive learning tool developed by U.S. HHS and APIC for clinicians, health professional students and patient advocates. A user assumes the role one of five characters – a physician and hospital administrator, a registered nurse, an infection preventionist, a patient family member or a third-year medical student – and is able to see the outcomes of decisions they make that impact infection health risks. The training is designed and developed for use by groups in facilitated training sessions and by individuals as a self-paced learning tool.
  • Statewide Program for Infection Control and Epidemiology (SPICE) External link - Located at the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and funded by the State of North Carolina, SPICE is charged with investigating and controlling healthcare-associated infections in hospitals, long-term care facilities, and other medical facilities in the state. The program provides training, education, and consultation to hospitals, long-term care facilities, and other medical facilities to prevent and control healthcare-associated infections.

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