Guidelines- infection prevention and safety

On this web site we provide selected infection prevention and safety guidelines for hospitals from national, professional and governmental and guideline setting organizations. These include both guidelines from CDC’s Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC).

SHEA Expert Guidance: “Isolation Precautions for Visitors”. April, 2015.

Leading infectious diseases experts have released new guidance for healthcare facilities looking to establish precautions for visitors of patients with infectious diseases. The guidance looks to reduce the potential for healthcare visitors in spreading dangerous bacteria within the healthcare facility and community.

The recommendations are published online in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, the journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA):

CDC guidelines for infection control

Selected CDC guidelines are provided below. Additional infection prevention and control guidelines and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC) are available from the CDC site.

Compendium – Preventing Infections

Strategies to prevent healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) in acute care hospitals, 2014 update

This compendium is an update of the 2008 version and was created to provide acute care hospitals with up-to-date, practical, expert guidance to assist in prioritizing and implementing their HAI prevention efforts. It is the product of a highly collaborative effort led by the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA), the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), the American Hospital Association (AHA), the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), and The Joint Commission, with major contributions from representatives of a number of organizations and societies with content expertise, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (PIDS), the Society for Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), the Society for Hospital Medicine (SHM), and the Surgical Infection Society (SIS). View 2008 compendium

All the sections have been published online as of July 2014. Visit the SHEA website for additional information, include bulk order.