Infection Control and Prevention

Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) prevention and reduction are longstanding quality and patient safety priorities. However, the level of attention and resources allocated to HAI prevention has fluctuated over the past decade. Leading up to the COVID-19 pandemic, hospitals were making substantial progress in reducing HAIs. Given the large amount of resources devoted to HAI reduction, it’s critical we examine what has worked in the past and what strategies are needed to continue.

The AHA and its nonprofit subsidiary, the Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET), have worked with partners to develop and compile infection prevention resources for a variety of health care professionals.


Hospital Infection Prevention & Control Success Stories

The COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath have placed a laser focus on the threat of infectious diseases at America’s hospitals and health systems. And the field has responded by demonstrating that the foundational areas of patient safety, such as leadership engagement, culture, staff training and proven methods, work. Here are success stories from hospitals and health systems that are building and sustaining a culture of safety, getting the most from organization-wide training, deploying the basic principles of infection prevention and control, and reducing HAI rates to deliver excellent patient care and outcomes.



Project Firstline STRIVE – Foundational Infection Prevention Strategies:
TAP Strategy Learning Series videos    Competency-based Training, Audits, and Feedback
TeamSTEPPS video toolkit    Hand Hygiene
      Strategies for Preventing HAIs
     Environmental Cleaning
      Personal Protective Equipment
     Patient and Family Engagement
     Building a Business Case for Infection Prevention





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