Best Practices in Care
Keeping You Up-to-Date on New Developments
Implementation of best clinical and infection prevention practices are provided in guidelines and standards published by government organizations, professional associations, and quality groups. The following lists current recommendations, guidelines, suggested approaches, and guiding principles
Guidelines & Standards
American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC)
A conceptual approach to guide current and future practice
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Recommendations of the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee and the HICPAC/SHEA/APIC/IDSA Hand Hygiene Task Force
Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI)
Access materials from the summit, where leaders met to identify, discuss, and formulate strategic initiatives and priorities to improve the safe reprocessing of reusable medical devices.
ANSI/AAMI ST41, Ethylene oxide sterilization in health care facilities: Safety and effectiveness. ANSI/AAMI ST79, Comprehensive guide to steam sterilization and sterility assurance in health care facilities.
Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN)
Contains the AORN approved standards, recommended practices, guidelines, and guidance statements. These comprehensive documents reflect the perioperative RN’s scope of professional responsibility and provide essential information for the delivery of safe patient care and a safe work environment.
Determining whether the AER is located on the decontamination or the clean side of the SPD or the endoscopy suite reprocessing area will depend on the type of AER being used.
Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC)
Access the Webinar Library which provides the most comprehensive healthcare-associated infection reduction strategies, education and training available.
ASC Quality Collaboration
Includes three essential resources: Environmental Infection Control — What CMS Surveyors Are Looking For, Environmental Cleaning Policy and Procedure Template, Spills Policy and Procedure Template
American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE)
Learn the correct order to put on and remove biological personal protective equipment (PPE).
Recommendations of CDC and the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC)
2003 and 2008 recommendations do not apply to newer technologies involving fogging for room decontamination (e.g., ozone mists, vaporized hydrogen peroxide) that have become available since the 2003 and 2008 recommendations were made. These newer technologies were assessed by CDC and HICPAC in the 2011 Guideline for the Prevention and Control of Norovirus Gastroenteritis Outbreaks in Healthcare Settings.
Preventing infections will reduce the burden of MDROs in healthcare settings. Prevention of antimicrobial resistance depends on appropriate clinical practices that should be incorporated into all routine patient care.
Presents the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s recommendations for the prevention of surgical site infections (SSIs), formerly called surgical wound infections. This two-part guideline updates and replaces previous guidelines.
Presents evidence-based recommendations on the preferred methods for cleaning, disinfection and sterilization of patient-care medical devices and for cleaning and disinfecting the healthcare environment. This document supercedes the relevant sections contained in the 1985 Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Guideline for Handwashing and Environmental Control
This site provides a summary guide of infection prevention recommendations for outpatient (ambulatory care) settings.
Cleaning and Disinfection in Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
International Federation of Infection Control (IFIC)
Infection Prevention (UK)
Prevention and control of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs)
Infection: prevention and control of healthcare-associated infections in primary and community care.
The Infection Prevention Society publishes guidance and standards for nurses and other practitioners working in infection prevention and control.
Audit Tools for Monitoring Infection Control Guildeines within the Community Setting
JCR's learning community is an online, interactive, educational forum for today's busy healthcare professionals who are concerned about quality and patient safety, but who also need to balance and meet the day-to-day demands of their jobs as care providers
The Joint Commission's Annual Report on Quality and Safety
This monograph is intended to stimulate greater awareness of the potential synergies between patient and worker health and safety activities.
This website is a rich resource of information related to health care-associated infections that is available from The Joint Commission enterprise.
This monograph identifies promising, practical techniques for measuring adherence to hand hygiene guidelines. It provides a framework to help health care workers make necessary decisions about what, when, why, and how they will measure hand hygiene performance that will best fit their needs.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
This instruction establishes policies and provides clarification to ensure uniform inspection procedures are followed when conducting inspections to enforce the Occupational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens Standard.
This interactive site provides safety and health tips on topics such as Glutaraldehyde and Bloodborne Pathogens processing
Society of Gastroenterology and Associates Inc. (SGNA)
SGNA has compiled multiple standards and guidelines that address issues directly affecting the practice of gastroenterology nursing.
Urological Associations (UA)
US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)
These training modules is designed to help prevent future outbreaks and educate clinicians on preventing HAIs in ambulatory surgery centers (ASC).
Provides strategies to increase adherence to preventive interventions and/or reduce infection rates for central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI), ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP), surgical site infections (SSI), and catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI)
Partnering To Heal is a computer-based, interactive learning tool for clinicians, health professional students, and patient advocates. The training highlights effective communication about infection control practices and what it means to help create a “culture of safety” in healthcare institutions. Trainees follow five main characters and make decisions about preventing HAIs.
Hospital Compare displays rates for Process of Care measures that show whether or not hospitals provide some of the care that is recommended for patients being treated for a heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, asthma (children only) or patients having surgery.