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.
Infection Control Assessment ToolsTools to assist health departments in assessing infection prevention practices and guide quality improvement activities.
The Targeted Assessment for Prevention (TAP) StrategyThe TAP strategy is a method to use data for action to prevent HAIs.
Prevention ToolkitsSlide sets by setting, slide sets by device, slide sets by pathogen, collaboration primer.
Basic Infection Control and Prevention Plan for Outpatient Oncology SettingsThis document has been developed for outpatient oncology facilities to serve as a model for a basic infection control and prevention plan.
Guide to Infection Prevention for Outpatient Settings: Minimum Expectations for Safe CareThis document is a summary guide of infection prevention recommendations for outpatient (ambulatory care) settings.
Protecting Healthcare PersonnelVideo, slides, posters, guidance.
- Page last reviewed: November 13, 2015
- Page last updated: November 16, 2015
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