Healthcare-Associated Infections

ASTHO works with stakeholders to support state health agencies in decreasing and preventing healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) by addressing priorities at the state and regional levels. ASTHO also maintains situational awareness of HAI-related policies and initiatives, shares this information with our members, and represents the state health agency perspective.

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Partner Coordination Efforts to Strengthen Infection Prevention and Control Practices

This report covers strategies for mitigating the spread of infections in healthcare facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic and the challenges the pandemic posed to staffing, personal protective equipment, and capacity.

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Considerations for State Healthcare-Associated Infection and Antimicrobial Resistance Outbreak Reporting Policies

ASTHO formulated recommendations for crafting or maintaining more effective healthcare-associated infection/antimicrobial resistance (HAI/AR) reporting policies, following interviews with nine state healthcare-associated infection coordinators.

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Tips For Engaging Policymakers To Advance State HAI Prevention Policy Initiatives

This guide provides strategies for working with stakeholders to advance policy initiatives that can improve patient safety, and profiles the experience of two states—New Jersey and Tennessee—that successfully advanced HAI prevention policy initiatives.

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Latest HAI Resources

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Eight Ways Health Department Leaders Can Support Effective HAI/AR Programs

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Partner Coordination Efforts to Strengthen Infection Prevention and Control Practices

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10 Ways State and Territorial Health Department Leaders Can Support Healthcare-Associated Infection and Antimicrobial Resistance Prevention, Detection, and Response

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Collaborations

The Council for Outbreak Response and Healthcare-Associated Infections: ASTHO, along with the Council for State and Territorial Epidemiologists, convenes public health and healthcare stakeholders and partners to improve practices and policies at the local, state, and national levels for the investigation, control, and prevention of healthcare-associated infection/antimicrobial resistance outbreaks across the healthcare continuum.