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Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs)

Information for Healthcare Providers

The North Carolina program to prevent healthcare-associated infections is part of a larger national effort led by the federal Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC) External link and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) External link.

Alerts & Hot Topics

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Disease Manuals & Guides

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Support Services

  • HAIs in North Carolina: Quarterly Reports for Healthcare Providers (Facts & Figures)
  • Local Health Departments External link - The first line of contact for disease reporting and intervention.
  • NC-SPICE External link - The Statewide Program for Infection Control and Epidemiology, or SPICE, is located at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Medicine. Funded by the State of North Carolina, SPICE is charged with investigating and controlling healthcare-associated infections (HAI) in hospitals, long-term care facilities, and other medical facilities in the state. The program provides training, education and consultation to hospitals, long-term care facilities and other medical facilities to prevent and control HAI.

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Tools & Websites

  • Be Antibiotics Aware: Smart Use, Best Care Campaign - North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has joined the Be Antibiotics Aware: Smart Use, Best Care Campaign to raise awareness among patients and healthcare providers about appropriate antibiotic use.
  • Interfacility Transfer Communication: Phase 2 revisions (effective November 28, 2017) to the Medicare and Medicaid requirements for participation for long-term care facilities include interfacility communication requirements. Access the NC DPH Interfacility Transfer Form and instructions (PDF, 1MB).
  • APIC: A Compendium of Strategies to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections in Acute Care Hospitals External link - A set of strategies published by the Society of Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) and the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) in partnership with APIC, the American Hospital Association, and The Joint Commission. The publication focuses on the six most common healthcare-associated infections: C. difficile, MRSA, central line-associated bloodstream infections, ventilator-associated pneumonia, catheter-associated urinary tract infections and surgical site infections.
  • North Carolina Quality Center - (Formerly the North Carolina Center for Hospital Quality and Patient Safety) Created in 2004 by the North Carolina Hospital Association (NCHA), this organization provides educational, collaborative and performance measurement programs and services to N.C. hospitals and healthcare providers.
  • SHEA: Guidelines & Resources External link - The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) provides 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 are published for public download courtesy of SHEA and the University of Chicago Press. They may not be reproduced or used for commercial purposes without written permission from SHEA.
  • APIC: Practice Resources External link - The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) provides position statements, definitions, construction issues, environmental services, healthcare worker best practices, drug-resistant organisms, and surveillance tools and practices for different healthcare environments.
  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: Healthcare-Associated Infections External link - Links to information, tools, and resources on healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). AHRQ-funded research and initiatives to reduce HAIs are also highlighted.
  • APIC: Healthcare-Associated Infections Elimination Library External link - Developed by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) and HealthStream, the Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) Elimination Library consists of six courses designed to educate healthcare workers on the appropriate precautions and guidelines to prevent the transmission of infections. Each course has a 30-minute version that is applicable for all healthcare professionals as well as an hour-long version that is approved for one contact hour of continuing nursing education (CNE).
  • NC DHHS: HAI-Related Organizations & Websites
  • NC DHHS: Injection Safety
  • One and Only Campaign External link - North Carolina-specific materials and activities related to the One and Only Campaign (CDC/SIPC) to raise awareness among patients and healthcare providers about safe injection practices.
  • CDC Toolkit: Guidance for Control of Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) External link - Algorithms, sample documents and forms, and regional and facility-level strategies.
  • CDC: Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC) External link - Recommendations from the federal advisory committee for preventing and controlling healthcare-associated infections in the form of guidelines, resolutions and informal communications.
  • APIC: Infection Prevention Education External link - Includes links to live education, online education, certification, APIC calendar of events, the APIC text, a professional learning path, free educational brochures, and the APIC bookstore.
  • SHEA: Key References for Preventing HAI External link - A printable list of publications, websites and patient guides.
  • APIC: "Partnering to Heal: Teaming Up Against HAIs" External link - A computer-based, interactive learning tool developed by U.S. HHS and APIC for clinicians, health professional students and patient advocates. A user assumes the role one of five characters – a physician and hospital administrator, a registered nurse, an infection preventionist, a patient family member or a third-year medical student – and is able to see the outcomes of decisions they make that impact infection health risks. The training is designed and developed for use by groups in facilitated training sessions and by individuals as a self-paced learning tool.
  • IDSA: Standards, Practice Guidelines, and Statements Developed and/or Endorsed by IDSA External link - The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) provides clinical practice guidelines for antimicrobial use, infections by organ system, infections by organism, immunization, and general infection prevention.

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