Guidance Document: Preventing Healthcare-Associated Infections and Combatting Antimicrobial-Resistant Microorganisms

NACCHO is proud to announce the release of “Preventing Healthcare-Associated Infections and Combatting Antimicrobial-Resistant Microorganisms: Perspectives and Guidance from a National Demonstration Site Project on Engaging Local Health Departments,” a guidance document for local health departments (LHDs) working on the prevention and control of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) and antimicrobial resistance. This guidance document is based on experiences and lessons from four local health department demonstration sites and emphasizes the following fundamental steps LHDs can take to prevent and reduce HAIs in advance of an outbreak:

  • Learn about HAIs and prevention efforts both by expanding health department capacity and by partnering strategically to efficiently use existing resources;
  • Connect with state HAI programs to understand existing state surveillance and prevention efforts and collaborate where possible to strengthen existing activities;
  • Engage with local healthcare providers and other stakeholders to share information, coordinate activities, and determine local needs related to HAI prevention; and
  • Identify, based on existing efforts, resources, gaps, needs, and additional opportunities to address HAIs.

“Preventing Healthcare-Associated Infections and Combatting Antimicrobial-Resistant Microorganisms: Perspectives and Guidance from a National Demonstration Site Project on Engaging Local Health Departments” is available for free in the NACCHO bookstore.

About Kim Rodgers

Kim Rodgers serves as a Communications Specialist at NACCHO. Her work includes promoting local health departments' best practices, as well as partner tools and resources, in infectious disease and preparedness through NACCHO's communications channels, storytelling, and outreach to various audiences.

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