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Infection control prevents or stops the spread of infections in health care settings. To help nurses and infection specialists quickly access important resources, ANA Project Firstline has curated information from the world’s most trusted and reliable sources, including the CDC, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), World Health Organization (WHO), and others.

Nurse-focused materials applicable to everyday practice include how infections spread, how to prevent the spread, and more detailed, topic-specific resources. Check back often for new content.

The Basics

This section covers IPC basics, including standard precautions and transmission-based precautions to protect both nurses and patients.

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What is Project Firstline?
How Do Viruses Make You Sick?
What are healthcare-associated infections?


Personal protective equipment (PPE) includes clothing, gloves, face shields, goggles, facemasks, respirators, and other equipment to protect front-line workers from injury, infection, or illness. When used properly, PPE acts as a barrier to block transmission of infectious materials from blood, body fluids, or respiratory secretions to your skin, mouth, nose, and eyes. PPE may also protect high-risk patients from exposure to potentially infectious material. Together with hand washing, use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers, and covering coughs and sneezes, PPE minimizes the spread of infection from one person to another.

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What is Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)?
PPE: The What and the Why
When Choosing PPE, How Should We Think about Risk?

Disaster Preparedness

To effectively respond to public health emergencies and natural disasters, nurses must be ready to engage in emergency preparedness and response activities. These include techniques to maximize patient safety, decrease occupational exposure, and prevent the spread of infection in schools, health care facilities, and communities.

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PPE for COVID-19 patient and Crisis Standards of Care
Emergency Preparedness and Response
Resources for Emergency Health Professionals

Vaccination Safety

Vaccines protect people from life-threatening, preventable diseases. Healthy individuals, as well as the most vulnerable, benefit from vaccinations.

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How Do I Safely Use a Multi-Dose Vaccine Vial? Part 1
How Do I Safely Use a Multi-Dose Vaccine Vial? Part 2
Injection Safety Guidelines

Healthcare-Associated Infections

Healthcare-associated infections (HAI) occur among patients receiving treatment for other conditions. They can happen in any health care setting, including hospitals, surgical centers, ambulatory clinics, and long-term care facilities. Young children, the elderly, and people with compromised immune systems are most vulnerable. Other risk factors include long hospital stays, indwelling catheters, failure of health care workers to wash their hands, and overuse of antibiotics.

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Antibiotic Resistance Occurs When
Combating Antibiotic Resistance: Environment & Sanitation
Making Health Care Safer

Long-Term Care

Long-term care facilities throughout the country often lack adequate IPC knowledge and resources. Nurses can affect positive change for these facilities in their own communities with the necessary implementation tools.

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IPC Program Implementation Guide & Tool Kit from MSF
Nursing Home COVID-19 Infection Control Assessment and Response (ICAR) Tool Facilitator Guide
Nursing Home COVID-19 Infection Control Assessment Response (ICAR) Tool Non-Facilitator Guide

K - 12 Schools

Reducing the risk of exposure to viruses and infection is an integral part of successful school operations. Frequent hand washing, proper vaccination, cleaning and disinfecting surfaces, and good ventilation practices are all important strategies to keep students and teachers healthy in a school-based or childcare-based health care setting. School nurses and other health care personnel play an important role in safely keeping schools and childcare programs open for in-person learning and other in-person activities throughout the year.

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Infection Prevention and Control in Schools
Cleaning, Disinfection, and Hand Hygiene in Schools
Cleaning and Disinfecting Best Practices

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