Home Health Infection Prevention

Preventing and Reducing Healthcare-Associated Infections

Tools and Resources for Home Health Agencies 

Infection prevention and control in home healthcare is complex and involves the patient, family, caregivers, agency leaders and staff. Infections in the home care setting are not uncommon, yet few tools and resources existed for home health care professionals and the home health community. To help address this gap, the Great Plains Quality Innovation Network developed a Home Health Infection Prevention and Control Toolkit, in collaboration with 28 home health agencies within the 4-state region.

The Toolkit [included below] contains tools and resources to help home health agency staff, patients, families and caregivers reduce Acute Care Hospitalization (ACH) related to respiratory, urinary tract and wound infections in the home setting.

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Home Health Infection Prevention Toolkit Evaluation

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Hand Hygiene

External Resources
CDC Hand Hygiene Brochure

A Nurse Finds a Simple Answer to a Vexing Question and a New Career (Columbia University - In New York City)

Immunizations

External Resources

Adult Immunization (HHQI University course)
Immunization & Infection Prevention BPIP: Home Health Aides (HHQI)

Patient and Family Education

  External Resources
CDC Hand Hygiene Brochure
My Emergency Care Plan (HHQI)
Urinary Catheter Zone Tool (HHQI Login Required)
Viruses or Bacteria - What's got you sick?

Respiratory Infection

Training & Education

External Resources

Sepsis

External Resources
Infographic: Making HealthCare Safer. Think Sepsis. Time Matters
Sepsis Information Guides

 

 

Urinary Tract Infection

External Resources
Urinary Catheter Zone Tool – (HHQI Login Required)

Home Health Aide

External Resources
Protecting Patients and You! (HHQI University course)
Recognizing and Reporting Changes in Skin Conditions (HHQI University course)

Infection Precautions

External Resources

Nursing Bag Technique

External Resources

Wound Infection

  External Resources

Learning and Action Network

We invite you to join the Great Plains Learning and Action Network (LAN). All LAN partners will be invited to attend educational sessions on a variety of topics, have opportunities to learn from peers throughout the state and region and have access to an abundance of resources and tools. The LAN is a great opportunity to get connected and demonstrate your commitment to quality improvement.