Basic infection control resources
CDC calls HAIs a winnable battle
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report includes healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) in its list of Winnable Battles (released April 17, 2015).
- The CDC published CDC Winnable Battles 2010-2015, Progress Report 2014 (PDF). In it, HAIs are identified as a preventable public health threat. The report uses recent data from CDC surveillance systems to track U.S. progress in seven public health areas including healthcare-associated infections. To read more about the Winnable Battles, visit: http://www.cdc.gov/winnablebattles.
- The HAI Winnable Battle materials include an excellent HAI video (7:40 min), PowerPoint slides, evidence-based journal articles and descriptions of some of the systems, policy and programmatic interventions pursued by CDC and our public health partners at the federal, state and local levels.
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- CDC's Solve the Outbreak App — Scientists and experts from across the CDC have put their expertise and know-how into developing a realistic, exciting app that turns your mobile tablet into its own version of CSI. Download the free app for your phone or play on the CDC website.
- CDC hand hygiene
- Guidelines for providers
- Patient empowerment materials
- Latest technological advances in hand hygiene adherence measurement
- FAQs and links to promotional and educational tools published by the World Health Organization, universities and health departments
Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness caused by a virus. The flu can cause mild to severe illness and result in hospitalization or death. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious complications. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year (CDC, 2016).
- CDC Grand Rounds: Preventing Unsafe Injection Practices in the U.S. Health-Care System
- CDC video on infection risks associated with sharing insulin pens
- CDC injection safety
- Slide sets, FAQs, educational materials and references to give outbreak examples.
- Recent investigations undertaken by state and local health departments and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have identified improper use of syringes, needles and medication vials during routine health care procedures, such as administering injections. These practices have resulted in one or more of the following:
- Transmission of bloodborne viruses, including hepatitis C virus to patients
- Notification of thousands of patients of possible exposure to bloodborne pathogens and recommendation that they be tested for HCV, HBV, and HIV
- Referral of providers to licensing boards for disciplinary action.
- Malpractice suits filed by patients
The Tips Posters are appropriate for both Ambulatory Care and Long Term Care Settings. They are in color and highlight major points in HAI prevention and control. They can make learning fun and include crossword puzzles and word games.