Infection Prevention Champions

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Champions are respected individuals with strong communication skills who are knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the topic at hand. These front line personnel promote and lead healthcare-associated infection prevention initiatives by engaging and educating colleagues, solving problems, and communicating across all levels of leadership.*

These links highlight how champions lead catheter-associated urinary tract infection, central line-associated blood stream infection, and C. difficile infection reduction efforts to improve adherence to infection prevention measures.

Identify Potential Champions

  • Respected
  • Effective Communicators
  • Enthusiastic
  • Committed
  • Courageous
  • Team Oriented
  • Open to New Ideas
  • Early Adopters

Provide Resources

  • Facility specific data for action
    • Results of TAP Assessments
  • Evidence/Guidelines on which the initiative is based
  • Contact information for support personnel
  • Facility protocols for promoting initiatives

Facilitate Success

  • Offer leadership support
  • Make initiatives patient-centered
  • Clearly define goals & timelines
  • Encourage involvement from other staff
  • Assist in making evidence actionable

Continue Support

  • Align goals across leadership levels
  • Conduct audits and provide feedback to personnel
  • Offer ongoing opportunities to discuss concerns with personnel
  • Ensure hand off at the end of an initiative

* Information about champions provided here is not mutually exclusive and does not represent an exhaustive list of all the possible champion characteristics or resources available. Furthermore, resources associated with these lists do not constitute an endorsement of these organizations or their programs by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or the federal government, and none should be inferred.