The basic elements of an infection prevention program are designed to prevent the spread of infection in healthcare settings. When these elements are present and practiced consistently, the risk of infection among patients and healthcare personnel is reduced.
University of North Carolina Statewide Program for Infection Control and Epidemiology (SPICE)
The University of North Carolina SPICE website has many tools and resources that can be utilized in your infection prevention and control program. In addition to online learning modules that provide nursing CEs, they just released two videos that focus on infection prevention and control procedures in nutritional services and pharmacy.
CDC’s Infection Control Assessment Tools
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s Infection Control Assessment Tools were developed to assist health departments in assessing infection prevention practices and guide quality improvement activities (e.g., by addressing identified gaps). These tools may also be used by healthcare facilities to conduct internal quality improvement audits.
Assessment tools were developed for the following healthcare settings: acute care (including hospitals and long-term acute care hospitals), outpatient, long-term care and hemodialysis.