Infection Prevention Resources

AAMI (Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation)

  • AAMI (Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation)
  • Professional association for sterile processing (and others in the medical device industry)
  • The AAMI standards program consists of over 100 technical committees and working groups that produce Standards, Recommended Practices, and Technical Information Reports for medical devices.

AHA (American Hospital Association) 

AHRQ (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality)

AMS (Antimicrobial Stewardship)



APIC is the leading professional organization for IPs.  APIC’s educational programs, products, and services support IP work and its many stakeholders  APIC collaborates with other professional associations, consumer groups, leaders, and regulatory and accrediting organizations

  • APICChapters
    • Chapters serving AlaskaOregon, and Washington
    • Chapters of APIC:
      • Advocate for infection prevention issues
      • Create opportunities for networking and communication
      • Local chapters provide support at the local level
      • Provide leadership and educational opportunities and mentoring
    • APIC Online Courses
    • Implementation Guides(Provide practical, evidence-based strategies for surveillance and the elimination of infection. Each guide includes online tools and resources.)

ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers)

Candida auris

Cardboard boxes and shipping containers

CAUTI (catheter-associated urinary tract infection)

CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

CDI (Clostridioides difficile, C-diff, formerly Clostridium difficile)

CHG (chlorhexidine)

Certification in Infection Prevention and Control 

Choosing Wisely

  • Choosing Wiselyhelps patients choose care that is supported by evidence and is truly necessary.
  • (See Education—Patient and Family)

CLABSI (central line-associated blood stream infection)

CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services)


Contact Precautions

Core Infection Prevention and Control Practices

CRE (carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae)

Critical Access Hospitals


CMC Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services 


  • AORN education on protocol for COVID-19 patients 
    • AORN provides more information on a protocol for COVID 19-patients undergoing surgery, and reprocessing N95s as well criteria for selection of respiratory protections. 
    • More information can be found here:
  • COVID Workforce Virtual Toolkit
  • COVID-19 Testing and Reporting
  • COVID-19 Visitor Policy Exceptions for End of Life (EOL)
  • Visitors are allowed for End of Life situations. 
  • If there are extended family members, the representative is encouraged to FaceTime or utilize other type of social media to include rest of the family.
  • The following information is noted from Ohana Pacific Management Company Policy:
    • One visitor each for the following categories:
    • End of life
    • Labor and Delivery
    • Pediatrics
    • For end of life, it can be multiple visitors but only one person allowed in the room at a time.
    • Large families would have to trade off persons.
  • COVID-19 Safety Practices for Critical Infrastructure Workers by implementing safety practices for critical infrastructure workers who may have had exposure to a person with suspected or confirmed COVID-19. More information can be found here:
  • COVID -19 Healthcare Staffing Resources from CDC:
  • Elsevier COVID-19 Healthcare Hub resource provides toolkits for healthcare professionals such as front-line clinical tools and resources to help deliver excellent care and information to patients.
  • Emergency care: Clinical guidelines, drug monographs, and care plans
  • Inpatient care: Resources to assist with managing a patient’s condition from treatment through discharge.
  • ICU: clinical guidelines and education related to patients in critical conditions, such as ARDS and sepsis.
  • Links to the most important leaders working on this pandemic.
  • European Center for Disease Prevention and Control’s Preparedness for COVID-provides advice to hospitals that want to be prepared for high-pressure situation caused by SARS-CoV-transmission.
  • FDA greenlights a new type of nasal swab for COVID-19
  • Social distancing measures 
    • According to a study published April 14 in Science.The study predicts recurrent winter outbreaks of the virus after the initial, most severe wave.
    • To avoid exceeding the capacity of the healthcare system, prolonged or intermittent social distancing may be necessary into 2022, researchers write.

Disinfection & Sterilization

Disinfection & Sterilization Suggested Resources 

Education – Patient & Family

Endotracheal Tubes

Environmental Cleaning

Environmental Service Workers (EVS)

  • Importance of recognizing environmental service workers,including EVS in huddles and any safety briefings and recognizing them as essential to the fight against coronavirus. More information can be found here: 

Epidemiology (Principles of) – self-study course

ERAS (enhanced recovery after surgery)

  • ERAS Society Guidelines
  • ERAS is a multimodal perioperative care pathway designed to achieve early recovery for patients undergoing major surgery.
  • ERAS represents a paradigm shift in perioperative care in two ways. First, it reexamines traditional practices, replacing them with evidence-based best practices when necessary. Second, it is comprehensive in its scope, covering all areas of the patient’s journey through the surgical process.
  • Reduce care time by more than 30 percent
  • Reduce complications by up to 50 percent (ERAS Society Guidelines)

Fecal Transplantation

Fit Testing (See PPE respirators)

Glucometer cleaning

Hand Hygiene

Health Equity

Humidity levels

ICAP (Nebraska Medicine)

ICAR  (Infection Control Assessment and Response)

Infection Preventionist

Infectious Diseases Society of America

  • IDSA Practice Guidelines
    • Practice guidelines are systematically developed statements to assist practitioners and patients in making decisions about appropriate health care for specific clinical circumstances.

Injection Safety

Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)

Isolation Guidelines

Isolation Precautions

  • WSHA Isolation Precautions
  • Discontinuing isolation per CDC on any patient is noted below
  • The decision to discontinue Transmission-Based Precautionsshould be made using a test-based strategy or a non-test-based strategy (i.e., time-since-illness-onset and time-since-recovery strategy). Meeting criteria for discontinuation of Transmission-Based Precautions is not a prerequisite for discharge.
  • Test-based strategy
  • Non-test-based strategy
  • Aerosol-Generating Procedures (AGPs) & PPE: High and Low Risk Procedures. 
  • Demonstration of effectiveness of good precautions.
    • As of March 30, 2020 no staff members at Huoshenshan Hospital had been infected with SARS-CoV-2, indicating that appropriate precautions could effectively prevent infection.
  • Joint Commission, The (TJC)

Joint Commission: Prerecorded Webinar on Preventing COVID-19 transmission in ambulatory health care.


Medical Waste (waste management)

Medication Preparation


There are sections for each of the following:


Operating Room Attire (ear and hair coverage)

OSHA (Occupational Health and Safety Administration)

Outbreak Response Guidance

Pathogens of Epidemiological Concern (HB 1739)Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)


PDSA-(Plan-Do-Study-Act) (see IHI)

Policy Review

Preop Antibiotic Guidelines

Principles of Epidemiology – Self Study Course

Psychiatric Hospitals

Quality Improvement

  • Institute for Healthcare Improvement – IHI’s Quality Improvement Essentialsincludes the tools and templates you need to launch and manage a successful improvement project. Each of the ten tools in the toolkit includes a short description, instructions, an example and a blank template.

Respiratory Protection

Return on Investment, IPC program


Sharps Safety (see Injection Safety)

SHEA (The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America)

Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM)

SSIs (surgical site infections)

Staffing and HAIs, Hospital


Sensitivity and Specificity

Testing Swabs 

Tools and Forms

  • ICAP (Infection Control Assessment and Promotion Program), Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
    • The Nebraska ICAP team develops new tools for IPs or provides resources of tools and forms that are already available. They have compiled popularly used tools and forms on their website.  These include:
      • CDC Infection Control Self-Assessment Tools
      • CLABSI Prevention
      • CMS Audit Tools
      • Device Disinfection/Sterilization
      • Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection
      • Environmental Rounding
      • Hand Hygiene
      • Indwelling Urinary Catheters
      • Infection Control Committee resource
      • Infection Surveillance
      • Infection Safety
      • Medication Administration
      • Observation Tools
      • Outbreaks
      • Personal Protective Equipment
      • Staff audit documentation tool
      • Surveillance
      • Transfer Form
      • Visitor Screening
      • And, others

VAE (ventilator-associated event)

From: Klompas,M. Resp Care, Aug 2019, 64(8).

Water Management (See Medical Waste)

Water Management

WHO (World Health Organization)


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