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Healthcare-Associated Infections

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Healthcare-Associated Infections

Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs) are infections that patients get while receiving treatment for medical or surgical conditions. HAIs occur in all settings of care, including hospitals, surgical centers, ambulatory clinics, and long-term care facilities such as nursing homes and rehabilitation facilities. Some patients are at greater risk than others-young children, the elderly, and persons with compromised immune systems are more likely to get an infection. Other risk factors are long hospital stays, the use of indwelling catheters, failure of healthcare workers to wash their hands, and overuse of antibiotics. Understanding warning signs, preventative measures, and operational best practices are crucial to infection prevention for nurses in their healthcare setting.

Antibiotic Stewardship

Measuring and improving how antibiotics are prescribed by clinicians and used by patients to effectively treat infections, protect patients from harm caused by unnecessary antibiotic use, and combat antibiotic resistance.

Core Elements of Antibiotic Stewardship
Antibiotics save lives
Improve Antibiotic Use to Combat Antibiotic Resistance
What is antibiotic resistant bacteria?
Do I really need antibiotics?
Can I feel better without antibiotics?
Viruses or Bacteria What's got you sick
Be Antibiotics Aware: Infections
Antibiotic Resistance Occurs When
Side Effects of Antibiotics
Making Health Care Safer
Combating Antibiotic Resistance: Antibiotic Use
Combating Antibiotic Resistance: Infection Prevention & Control
Combating Antibiotic Resistance: Environment & Sanitation
Combating Antibiotic Resistance: Tracking & Data
Combating Antibiotic Resistance: Vaccines, Therapeutics & Diagnostics
Antibiotics Aren’t Always The Answer
Fighting a Global Threat: CDC & Partners Combat Antibiotic Resistance
The Right Tool
Implementation of Antibiotic Stewardship Activities in Critical Access Hospitals
CDC’s Core Elements of Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship
2019 NHSN Training - Antibiotic Stewardship

Risk Assessment Tools

Intervention Cost Calculator
Deferred Admissions and Reimbursement Tool
Mortality Attribution Tool
Hospital-Acquired Conditions Expenditures Tool

The Project Firstline program is a national training collaborative led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in partnership with ANA and the American Academy of Pediatrics, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit entity.

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Project Firstline is a national collaborative led by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide infection control training and education to frontline health care workers and public health personnel. ANA is proud to partner with Project Firstline, as supported through Cooperative Agreement CDC-RFA-OT18-1802. CDC is an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The contents of this webpage do not necessarily represent the policies of CDC or HHS and should not be considered an endorsement by the Federal Government.

As a key partner in this initiative, ANA is pleased to help bring critical training opportunities and resources to better equip all nurses with the tools necessary to provide optimal patient care in a safe environment. Placement of content on this website is not an endorsement of the source nor of any particular product or service, nor should it be construed as a statement that the source, or its products or services, are superior to those of any others. ANA and/or Project Firstline may not be the primary source of the content on this website. While we make every effort to provide up-to-date relevant content, resources or information may not have been updated yet to include recent changes, new findings, recommendations, or protocols.

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