Toolkit for Decolonization of Non-ICU Patients with Devices

Prepared by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

This toolkit will provide hospital infection prevention programs with instructions for implementing targeted decolonization in adult patients with medical devices in hospital units outside of intensive care (i.e., non-ICUs).

Patient Safety Analysis Quick Reference Guides

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

These quick reference guides were created to help you understand, modify, and interpret your data using the NHSN application’s various analysis output (report) options for the NHSN Patient Safety Component. These guides serve as companions to the “Introduction to NHSN Analysis” training slide set.

National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN)Patient Safety Analysis Resource

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The NHSN application provides various options that allow NHSN users to analyze their surveillance data. The resources listed on the link above are intended to help you use the analysis tool, and interpret data analyzed from the Patient Safety Component of NHSN.

Building a Team to Reduce CLABSI and CAUTI

Prepared by the HAP Quality Initiatives Department
Healthcare Associated Infection Prevention Managers
September 2019

The purpose of this tool kit is to teach you the key elements that are essential in building a successful team to reduce central line associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) and catheter associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI) on your unit. The tool kit will provide you with information on how to develop a team, assess your work practices, develop an action plan, implement changes, and evaluate your success.

2021 NHSN Training videos

Centers for Disease Control (CDC), National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN)

NHSN subject matter experts have created training videos for 2021 NHSN updates. Recorded presentations cover the following topics:

  • LabID Analysis in Acute Care Hospitals – FAQs and Troubleshooting
  • MRSA Bacteremia and CDI LabID Event Reporting – Refresher
  • Clarifications to 2021 Bloodstream Infection Definitions
  • 2021 Secondary BSI and Chapter 17 Updates
  • Catheter-associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI) – Update
  • Ventilator-associated Event (VAE) and Pediatric Ventilator-associated Event (PedVAE) Analysis
  • Surgical Site Infection (SSI) – Updates and Refresher
  • Optimizing the Group User Analysis Experience
  • NHSN Antimicrobial Resistance (AR) Option: Facility-Wide Antibiogram Report
  • Internal Data Validation
  • Healthcare Personnel Vaccination Module: Influenza Vaccination Summary Reporting for IRF Units in LTACHs and IPFs

National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN); Patient Safety Component Manual

CDC, National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN)

The Patient Safety Component includes five modules that focus on events associated with medical devices, surgical procedures, antimicrobial agents used during healthcare, multidrug resistant organisms, and Coronavirus Infectious Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

National Action Plan to Prevent Health Care-Associated Infections: Road Map to Elimination

Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP)

In recognition of health care-associated infections (HAIs) as an important public health and patient safety issue, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) convened the Federal Steering Committee for the Prevention of Health Care-Associated Infections (originally called the HHS Steering Committee, but was changed to reflect the addition of agencies outside of HHS). The Steering Committee’s charge is to coordinate and maximize the efficiency of prevention efforts across the federal government. Members of the Steering Committee include clinicians, scientists, and public health leaders representing:

National Action Plans

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

National Action Plans are developed with expert input to provide a framework for collaboration among Government and non-Government entities toward large goals that have significant impact on the Nation’s health.

  • Road Map to Elimination (HAI Action Plan) provides a road map for preventing HAIs in acute care hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, end-stage renal disease facilities, and long-term care facilities.
  • National Action Plan for Adverse Drug Events identifies the Federal Government’s highest priority strategies and opportunities for advancement and seeks to engage stakeholders in a coordinated, aligned, multisector, and health-literate effort to reduce the ADEs that are most common, clinically significant, preventable, and measurable.
  • National Action Plan on Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria provides a roadmap to guide the Nation in rising to the challenge of antibiotic resistance. It outlines steps for implementing the National Strategy for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria and addressing the policy recommendations of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.

Antibiotic Resistance & Patient Safety Portal

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Interactive web-based application that was created to innovatively display data collected through CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN), the Antibiotic Resistance Laboratory Network (AR Lab Network), and other sources.  It offers enhanced data visualizations on Antibiotic Resistance, Use, and Stewardship datasets as well as Healthcare-Associated Infection (HAI) data.

STRIVE Infection Control Training

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

The CDC/STRIVE curriculum was developed by national infection prevention experts led by the Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) for CDC. Courses address both the technical and foundational elements of healthcare-associated infection (HAI) prevention. Courses can be taken in any order. Each course has 1 or more modules. Individual modules can be used for; new employee training, annual infection prevention training, and/or periodic training.