Preventing Healthcare-associated Infections
Healthcare-associated infections (HAI) are a threat to patient safety. CDC provides national leadership in surveillance, outbreak investigations, laboratory research, and prevention of healthcare-associated infections. CDC uses knowledge gained through these activities to detect infections and develop new strategies to prevent healthcare-associated infections. Public health action by CDC and other healthcare partners has led to improvements in clinical practice, medical procedures, and the ongoing development of evidence-based infection control guidance and prevention successes.
HHS Action Plan to Prevent Healthcare-associated Infections
The prevention and reduction of healthcare-associated infections is a top priority for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The HHS Steering Committee for the Prevention of Healthcare-Associated Infections was established in July 2008, the Steering Committee, along with scientists and program officials across HHS, developed the HHS Action Plan to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections, providing a roadmap for HAI prevention in acute care hospitals.
Tools to assist health departments in assessing infection prevention practices and guide quality improvement activities.
The TAP strategy is a method to use data for action to prevent HAIs.
CDC has been working to identify policy options and best practices to support HAI prevention and improve healthcare outcomes.
Funded investments to bolster states’ abilities to prevent healthcare-associated infections.
General guidelines, device-associated infection prevention guidelines, procedure-associated infection prevention guidelines, etc.
Slide sets by setting, slide sets by device, slide sets by pathogen, collaboration primer.
This document has been developed for outpatient oncology facilities to serve as a model for a basic infection control and prevention plan.
This document is a summary guide of infection prevention recommendations for outpatient (ambulatory care) settings.
Video, slides, posters, guidance.
Additional CDC Patient Safety Websites
- Antibiotic Resistance
- Blood Safety
- Dialysis Safety
- Get Smart for Healthcare
- Hand Hygiene
- Injection Safety
- Medication Safety
- National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN)
- Nursing Homes and Assisted Living
- Sharps Safety
- Transplant Safety
- Vaccine Safety