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As part of its mission to help prevent healthcare associated infections, SHEA works to provide information and tools to healthcare professionals, researchers, and patients to help put the science of healthcare epidemiology and infection prevention into practice.  

SHEA and collaborators prepare evidence-based practical guidelines, white papers, and other resources on infection prevention and control for hospitals, long-term care centers, and other healthcare facilities. These documents cover the spectrum of healthcare epidemiology and infection prevention concerns for researchers and practitioners.

Copyright:
These papers are provided as a professional courtesy by SHEA and the University of Chicago Press to be used for educational purposes only. They may not be reproduced or used for commercial purposes without written permission from SHEA.

Oversight:
SHEA guidelines are overseen by the SHEA Guidelines Committee, and are produced by writing groups comprised of the foremost experts in these topic areas. Guideline documents are renewed as data and conditions warrant.

Guidelines are sorted by the most recent date of publication. Use the Find Information Topic bar on the right or the Search bar to bring up guidelines and other materials relevant the topic you are seeking.

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Healthcare Personnel Attire in Non-Operating-Room Settings (SHEA Expert Guidance)
Author: The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA)
Date Published: Jan 21, 2014
Publication Format: HTML http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/675066

Topics: Guidelines,Infection Prevention,Patients,Personal Protective Equipment


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Infection Prevention and Control in Residential Facilities for Pediatric Patients and Their Families
Author: The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA)
Date Published: Oct 01, 2013
Publication Format: HTML http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/673141

Topics: Guidelines,Hand Hygiene,Immunocompromised Patients,Infection Prevention,Pediatrics,Patients


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Clinical Practice Guidelines for Antimicrobial Prophylaxis in Surgery
Author: The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), the Surgical Infection Society (SIS), and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA)
Date Published: Feb 04, 2013
Date Revised: Feb, 2013 (American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy and Surgical Infections)
Publication Format: HTML

Topics: Guidelines,Infection Prevention,Sterilization & Disinfection,Surgical Site Infections


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Prevention Of Orthopaedic Implant Infection In Patients Undergoing Dental Procedures
Author: The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and American Dental Association (ADA)
Date Published: Dec 07, 2012
Publication Format: PDF

Topics: Guidelines,Infection Prevention


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Guideline for Management of Healthcare Workers Who Are Infected with Hepatitis B Virus, Hepatitis C Virus, and/or Human Immunodeficiency Virus
Author: SHEA Writing Group
Date Published: Jan 05, 2011
Date Revised: March 2010, ICHE
Publication Format: HTML

Topics: Bloodborne Pathogens,Infection Prevention


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Clinical Practice Guidelines for Clostridium difficile Infection in Adults: 2010
Author: SHEA/IDSA Taskforce
Date Published: Mar 01, 2010
Publication Format: HTML, PDF

Topics: C. difficile


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Guideline for Disinfection and Sterilization of Prion-Contaminated Medical Instruments
Author: SHEA
Date Published: Feb 01, 2010
Publication Format: HTML

Topics: Guidelines,Infection Prevention,Sterilization & Disinfection


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Guidelines for Preventing Infectious Complications among Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation Recipients: A Global Perspective
Author: SHEA, IDSA, Center for International Blood and Marrow Research, National Marrow Donor Program, European Blood and Marrow Transplant Group, American Society of Blood and Marrow Transplantation, Canadian Blood and Marrow Transplant Group, AMMI-Canada, CDC
Date Published: Oct 01, 2009
Publication Format: PDF

Topics: Guidelines,Immunocompromised Patients,Infection Prevention


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Interim Guidance on Infection Control Precautions for Novel Influenza A H1N1 in Healthcare Facilities
Author: SHEA, endorsed by IDSA and APIC
Date Published: Jun 01, 2009
Publication Format: PDF

Topics: Guidelines,Whitepaper


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Recommendations for Metrics for Multidrug-Resistant Organisms in Healthcare Settings
Author: SHEA, HICPAC
Date Published: Oct 01, 2008
Publication Format: PDF

Topics: Guidelines,Whitepaper


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Raising Standards While Watching the Bottom Line: Making a Business Case for Infection Control
Author: SHEA
Date Published: Oct 01, 2007
Publication Format: PDF

Topics: Guidelines,Whitepaper


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Recommendations for Surveillance of Clostridium difficile-Associated Disease
Author: Ad Hoc C. difficile Surveillance Working Group
Date Published: Feb 01, 2007
Publication Format: HTML, PDF

Topics: Guidelines,C. difficile,Surveillance


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Guidelines for Developing an Institutional Program to Enhance Antimicrobial Stewardship
Author: Joint SHEA/IDSA Taskforce
Date Published: Jan 01, 2007
Publication Format: PDF

Topics: Guidelines,Antimicrobial Resistance,Antimicrobial Stewardship


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Antiviral Stockpiling for Influenza Preparedness
Author: SHEA, IDSA
Date Published: Oct 01, 2005
Publication Format: PDF

Topics: Guidelines,Whitepaper


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Guideline for Reprocessing Flexible Gastrointestinal Endoscopes
Author: SHEA, ASGE, JCAHO, ASCRS, APIC, FASA
Date Published: Jul 01, 2003
Publication Format: PDF

Topics: Guidelines,Infection Prevention,Sterilization & Disinfection


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Guideline for Preventing Nosocomial Transmission of Multidrug-Resistant Strains of Staphylococcus aureus and Enterococcus
Author: SHEA
Date Published: May 01, 2003
Publication Format: PDF

Topics: Guidelines,MRSA and VRE,Multidrug Resistant Organisms


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Infection Control Recommendations for Patients with Cystic Fibrosis
Author: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Consensus Conference on Infection Control Participants
Date Published: May 01, 2003
Date Revised: 1994
Publication Format: PDF

Topics: Guidelines,Immunocompromised Patients,Infection Prevention


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Guideline for Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings
Author: SHEA, HICPAC, APIC, IDSA Hand Hygiene Taskforce
Date Published: Dec 01, 2002
Publication Format: PDF

Topics: Hand Hygiene


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Clostridium difficile in Long-Term Care Facilities for the Elderly
Author: SHEA Long-Term Care Committee
Date Published: Dec 01, 2002
Publication Format: PDF

Topics: Guidelines,C. difficile,Long-Term Care


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Urinary Tract Infections in Long-Term Care Facilities
Author: SHEA Long-Term Care Committee
Date Published: Mar 01, 2001
Publication Format: PDF

Topics: Guidelines,Long-Term Care,UTI


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Requirements for Infrastructure and Essential Activities of Infection Control and Epidemiology in Hospitals
Author: SHEA, APIC, JCAHO, AHA, CDC, PIDS, IDSA, NFID
Date Published: Feb 01, 1998
Publication Format: HTML, PDF

Topics: Guidelines,Whitepaper


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How to Select & Interpret Molecular Strain Typing Methods for Epidemiological Studies of Bacterial Infections: A Review for Healthcare Epidemiologists
Author: Molecular Typing Working Group of SHEA
Date Published: Jun 01, 1997
Publication Format: PDF

Topics: Guidelines,Whitepaper


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Guidelines for the Prevention of Antimicrobial Resistance in Hospitals
Author: SHEA/IDSA Joint Committee on the Prevention of Antimicrobial Resistance
Date Published: Apr 01, 1997
Publication Format: PDF

Topics: Guidelines,Antimicrobial Resistance,Antimicrobial Stewardship


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Infection Prevention and Control in the Long-Term Care Facility
Author: SHEA, APIC
Date Published: Jan 01, 1997
Date Revised: July 2008
Publication Format: PDF

Topics: Long-Term Care


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Antimicrobial Use in Long-Term Care Facilities
Author: SHEA Long-Term Care Committee
Date Published: Feb 01, 1996
Publication Format: HTML, PDF

Topics: Guidelines,Antimicrobial Stewardship,Long-Term Care


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Antimicrobial Resistance in Long-Term Care Facilities
Author: SHEA Long-Term Care Committee
Date Published: Feb 01, 1996
Publication Format: PDF

Topics: Guidelines,Long-Term Care


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Guidelines for the Prevention of Intravascular Catheter-Related Infections
Author: SHEA, HICPAC
Date Published: Jan 01, 1996
Date Revised: December 2002, ICHE
Publication Format: PDF

Topics: Guidelines,Bloodstream Infections,CLABSI,CRBSI,Infection Prevention


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An Approach to the Evaluation of Quality Indicators of the Outcome of Care in Hospitalized Patients
Author: Quality Indicator Study Group
Date Published: May 01, 1995
Publication Format: PDF

Topics: Guidelines,Whitepaper


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Medical Waste
Author: SHEA
Date Published: Jan 01, 1992
Publication Format: PDF

Topics: Guidelines,Infection Prevention


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