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The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America and the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) and partner organizations jointly published these science-based and practical recommendations for acute care hospitals for the prevention of common HAIs in Infection Control and Healthcare Epidemiology in 2008.
The document represents practical recommendations by the leading champions in infection prevention and healthcare quality improvement who collaborated on this compendium and continue to work together to keep it current. An update to the compendium is currently underway and expected to be released in 2013.
Recommends performance and accountability measures to apply to individuals and groups working to implement infection prevention practices
This brief responds to Questions that frequently arise in regards to the recommended method of hand hygiene after caring for patients with Clostridium difficile infection (CDI). The brief clarifies that although soap and water is superior to removing C. difficile spores from hands of volunteers compared to alcohol-based hand hygiene products, there have been no studies in acute care settings that have demonstrated an increase in CDI with alcohol-based hand hygiene products or a decrease in CDI with soap and water. This is why preferential use of soap and water for hand hygiene after caring for a patient with CDI is not recommended in non-outbreak settings.
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Table of Contents
Introduction: Improving Patient Safety Through Infection Control: A New Healthcare Imperative
Executive Summary: A Compendium of Strategies to Prevent Healthcare‐Associated Infections in Acute Care Hospitals
Strategies to Prevent Central Line–Associated Bloodstream Infections in Acute Care Hospitals
Strategies to Prevent Ventilator‐Associated Pneumonia in Acute Care Hospitals
Strategies to Prevent Catheter‐Associated Urinary Tract Infections in Acute Care Hospitals
Strategies to Prevent Surgical Site Infections in Acute Care Hospitals
Strategies to Prevent Transmission of Methicillin‐Resistant Staphylococcus aureus in AcuteCare Hospitals
Strategies to Prevent Clostridium difficile Infections in Acute Care Hospitals
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