Toolkit for Preventing Health Care-Associated Infections

Toolkit for Preventing Health Care-Associated Infections
2010 © Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations
Maria R. Aviles, M.A.
1599403102 / 978-1-59940-310-6
Patient Safety and Quality Improvement , Infectious Diseases


Health care-associated infections (HAIs) have been identified as one of the most serious patient safety issues in health care today. The Toolkit for Preventing Health Care–Associated Infections was created to help organizations around the world prevent HAIs. The toolkit explains current evidence-based best practices and care bundles to prevent six of the most common HAIs: CAUTIs, VAP, SSIs, MDROs, CDI, and CLABSIs. In addition, the toolkit provides strategies, tips, and tools to help organizations successfully implement these best practices and improve staff compliance.

Key features of the implementation guide include:

  • • Tips to create a zero tolerance culture
  • • Strategies for creating leadership and staff accountability
  • • Steps to create education programs for staff, patients, families and the community
  • • Discussions on how to mitigate factors in the environment that lead to HAIs such as hand hygiene, personal protective equipment, cleaning protocols and isolation precautions
  • • Best practices and care bundles to prevent six common HAIs
  • • Case studies of organizations that have successfully reduced HAI rates

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