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The American Nurses Association (ANA) recently released a white paper outlining how nurses can optimize antibiotic use and provide safer, better patient care. The white paper focuses on nurses' role in antibiotic stewardship efforts in four key areas:

  • How bedside nurses can improve antibiotic use
  • How to improve nurses' participation in antibiotic use activities – at both national and hospital levels
  • Education and training for nurses
  • How to engage nursing leaders in antibiotic stewardship efforts

Antibiotic Resistance: A Public Health Crisis by Victoria J. Fraser, MD
from TEDxStLouisWomen

Antibiotic resistance has been described as the "largest public health crisis in the US as well as globally”. In the video above, Dr. Victoria Fraser compellingly describes:

  • The emergence of bacterial resistance
  • The over-use of antibiotics in human and agriculture
  • Strategies that focus on prevention of infection and decrease the progression of bacterial resistance

Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs)

This web page was reviewed and revised in September 2016.

The HAI website and all activities and content contained therein were made possible by the University of Missouri through contracts with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services who, in turn, received funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

This website is divided into six major sections:

  1. Basic infection control resources
  2. Healthcare-specific settings
  3. Antimicrobial Stewardship
  4. Patient Safety
  5. Continuing education and professional development
  6. Preparing for APIC Certification

Among the various sections you will find numerous learning resources including webinars; videotaped lectures with accompanying PowerPoint slides; brief video clips; links to online tools and practice kits; an extensive list of the latest references regarding best practices, which are organized by topics and listed in alphabetical order for easy use; and no or low cost continuing education activities.

Infection control and prevention

Clean Hands Count

Clean Hands Count campaign

Hot off the press! The CDC’s Clean Hands Count Campaign has launched a new education course for health care providers. The course, Hand Hygiene, Glove Use, and Preventing Transmission of C. difficile (2017) discusses misperceptions about hand hygiene, CDC hand hygiene recommendations and interventions to empower patients. Free continuing education is offered. This course is an addendum to the free education course offered by the CDC: Hand Hygiene & Other Standard Precautions to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections (2005).

More infection control resources

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Section 1: Basic infection control resources

Section 2: Healthcare-specific settings

Ambulatory care settings

Note: Ambulatory care settings is an umbrella term to include Ambulatory Surgery Centers as well as other outpatient settings, such as medical and dental offices, and dialysis, oncology, imaging and pain management centers (CDC, June, 2015).

Acute Care

Long Term Care

Section 3: Antimicrobial stewardship

Section 4: Patient safety

Section 5: Continuing education options and professional development

(Note: Continuing education credit options are noted with a red diploma icon.)

Acute care

Nursing Infection Control Education Network (NICE Network) — a collaboration of the ANA, CDC and 20 nursing specialty organizations — offers real-time infection prevention and control training to nurses in the United States. Registration for upcoming webinars is free. 

(CNE credit available through the CDC)

Ambulatory care

Long term care

  • National Nursing Home Quality Care Collaborative Quality Improvement Organizations  offer six training sessions to combat c. difficile infections and implement antibiotic stewardship programs. Free CEU’s are offered for these online training sessions. Topics include:
    • TeamSTEPPS® in LTC: Communication Strategies to Promote Quality and Safety
    • Exploring Antibiotics and their Role in Fighting Bacterial Infections
    • Antibiotic Resistance: How it Happens and Strategies to Decrease the Spread of Resistance
    • Antibiotic Stewardship
    • Clostridium difficile Part One: Clinical Overview
    • Clostridium difficile Part Two: Strategies to Prevent, Track, and Monitor C. difficile
  • Improving the Care of Long-Term Care Facility Residents with Infections 
    This free course is intended for nursing staff and emphasizes antimicrobial stewardship. Click this link to enroll: Release date: June 1, 2015; expiration date: May 15, 2017
    • To earn 3.0 Nursing Contact Hours (free), please complete the pre-course survey, the six modules and the post-course survey.

Antimicrobial Stewardship

Professional development

Section 6: Preparing for APIC Certification