Infection Prevention Resources

Quick links

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.
  • ST79 is the go-to reference for steam sterilization and sterility
  • ST91 – flexible and semi-rigid endoscope processing
  • EST58 – coming soon – low-temperature sterilization and high-level disinfection

AHA (American Hospital Association)

AHRQ (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality)

Antimicrobial Stewardship (AMS)


APIC (Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology)

  • 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
  • APIC Chapters
  • Chapters serving Alaska, Oregon, 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) Healthcare-associated Infection (HAI)

CHG (chlorhexidine)

Certification in Infection Control (CIC®)

CLABSI (central line-associated blood stream infection)

Clostridioides difficile (C-diff)

CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services)


Contact Precautions

Core Infection Prevention and Control Practices

CRE (carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae)

Critical Access Hospitals

Disinfection & Sterilization

Suggested Resources:

Education – Patient & Family

Endotracheal Tubes

Environmental Services

the important role of EVS personnel in the prevention of healthcare-associated


  • APIC Environmental Services Training Modules and Tools
  • Modules include
  • Basic Principles of Infection Control for EVS Technicians
  • PPE and EVS: Keeping EVS Team Members, Patients, and Caregivers Safety
  • Chemical Safety for EVS
  • Surface Cleaning and Disinfection Procedures and Techniques in EVS

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

Glucometer Cleaning

Hand Hygiene

Hospital Improvement Innovation Networks (HIINS)

How Long Do Organisms Survive on Surfaces

Humidity Levels

Infection Preventionists

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

See also

Isolation Precautions

Joint Commission, The (TJC)

Helpful places on their website (no membership required):


Medical Waste (waste management)

Medication Preparation

NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health)

NHSN (National Healthcare Safety Network)

There are sections for each of the following:

  • BSI – Surveillance for bloodstream infections
  • UTI – Surveillance for urinary tract infections
  • MDRO/ C. diff– Surveillance for C. difficile, MRSA, and other Drug-resistant Infections
  • SSI – Surveillance for Surgical Site Infection Events
  • VAE – Surveillance for Ventilator-associated Events
  • Surveillance for Healthcare Personnel Vaccination

Operating Room Attire (ear and hair coverage)

OSHA (Occupational Health and Safety Administration)

Outbreak Response Guidance

PDSA (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 Essentials includes 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

Sepsis  (Link to Sue’s website)

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


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)

Waste Management (see Medical Waste)

Water Management

Spread in Buildings

WHO (World Health Organization)


Contact Us

Washington State Hospital Association
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Suite 1400
Seattle, WA 98104

Map / Directions

206.281.7211 phone
206.283.6122 fax

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