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Reducing Healthcare-Associated Infections
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Using evidence-based strategies to prevent healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) – including CLABSI, CAUTI, CDI and VAE – can increase the quality of patient care, save lives and decrease healthcare costs. Download our fact sheet.

atom Alliance works with hospitals to:

  • Decrease national HAI Standardized Infection Ratios (SIRs) by demonstrating significant, quantitative, measurable reductions in hospital acute-care settings for Medicare beneficiaries.
  • Prevent the occurrence of HAIs in hospital provider settings using evidence-based HAI prevention strategies.
  • Focus on antimicrobial stewardship programs, tracking HAIs in multiple settings and vaccination health.

CLABSI
Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection (CLABSI) – We help hospitals achieve a SIR that is significantly less than 1.0. We also help develop a sustainability plan to ensure that CLABSI SIR remains low or is steadily decreasing.

CAUTI
Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI) – We pair high-performing hospital-based providers to serve as mentors with providers who need help reducing CAUTI SIR rates.

CDI
Clostridium Difficile Infection (CDI) – We recruit and help providers to enter their baseline CDI date into the CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN). We will host educational sessions on effective programs of antimicrobial stewardship

VAE
Ventilator-Associated Events (VAE) – We will conduct VAE Learning and Action network (LAN) events detailing definitions, CDC’s NHSN reporting, interventional strategies and cultural competency.


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New Data Tool: Antibiotic Resistance Patient Safety Atlas
C Diff Foundation
Partnering to Heal: Teaming Up Against Healthcare Associated Infections
A computer-based, video-simulation training program on infection control practices for clinicians, health professional students and patient advocates
OSHA Ebola Webpage
OSHA Fact Sheet for Cleaning and Decontamination
Ebola Checklist
Safe Injection Practices
On the CUSP: Stop CAUTI
Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) information from the CDC
Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings
My 5 Moments for Hand Hygiene
Partnering to Heal
“Do the WAVE”
Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP)
National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN)
Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC)
Clostridium difficile Infection (CDC)
Tennessee HAI Reporting Requirements for CAUTI
Root Cause Analysis Form for CAUTI and CLABSI
Root Cause Analysis Form for CAUTI and CLABSI

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VAE Surveillance Quick Reference 2016
VAE Surveillance Quick Reference 2016

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HAI Progress Report
HAI Progress Report

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c.difficile Update Report
c.difficile Update Report

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National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria
National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

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Standard Infection Rate (SIR) Fact Sheet
Standard Infection Rate (SIR) Fact Sheet

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Joining the NHSN Group and Conferring Rights
Joining the NHSN Group and Conferring Rights

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Hand Hygiene Observation Training Toolkit
Hand Hygiene Observation Training Toolkit

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National Quality Strategy Toolkit
National Quality Strategy Toolkit

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National Quality Strategy Lever Fact Sheet
National Quality Strategy Lever Fact Sheet

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National Quality Strategy Fact Sheet
National Quality Strategy Fact Sheet

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Direct Medical Costs of Healthcare-Associated Infections in US Hospitals
Direct Medical Costs of Healthcare-Associated Infections in US Hospitals

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HAI Fact Sheet
HAI Fact Sheet

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MRSA Factsheet for TN
MRSA Factsheet for TN

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Infection Prevention Recommendations for Outpatient Settings
Infection Prevention Recommendations for Outpatient Settings

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WHO Guidelines on Hand Hygiene in Healthcare
WHO Guidelines on Hand Hygiene in Healthcare

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Stopping C.Diff Infections
Stopping C.Diff Infections

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Understanding C.Diff Booklet
Understanding C.Diff Booklet

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Tennessee HAI Reporting Requirements for  C.Diff
Tennessee HAI Reporting Requirements for C.Diff

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Tennessee HAI Reporting Requirements for CLABSI
Tennessee HAI Reporting Requirements for CLABSI

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A Caregiver
A Caregiver's Guide to Preventing HAIs

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NHSN Facility Evaluation Tool
NHSN Facility Evaluation Tool

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How to Handwash
How to Handwash

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CLABSI Toolkit
CLABSI Toolkit

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CAUTI Toolkit
CAUTI Toolkit

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CDI Toolkit
CDI Toolkit

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Cdiff Best Practices Bundle
Cdiff Best Practices Bundle

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A Healthcare Professional
A Healthcare Professional's Guide to Preventing CDIs

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CDC Vital Signs: Stop the Spread of Antibiotic Resistance
Ventilator Associated Events Webinar
Ventilator Associated Events Webinar Transcript
NCC VAE Webinar
Webinar delivered June 10, 2015 by the National Coordinating Center (NCC)
AHRQ Patient Safety Videos – Featuring CUSP and TeamSTEPPS
Select Nashville Antibiotics Stewardship
Select Nashville Antibiotics Stewardship (Unedited)
Watch this brief video to see how one Nashville facility built a successful Antibiotic Stewardship Program.

Overview of the Patient Safety Component

Course Description

Data Entry and Analysis

Obtaining Continuing Education for NHSN Training

Device-associated Module

Introduction to Device-associated Module

Central Line-associated Bloodstream Infection (CLABSI)

Catheter-associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI)

Central Line Insertion Practices (CLIP)

Ventilator-Associated Events (VAE)

Ventilator-associated Pneumonia (VAP)

Procedure-associated Module

Introduction to Procedure-associated Module

Surgical Site Infection (SSI)

Multidrug-resistant Organism and Clostridium difficile Infection (MDRO/CDI) Module

MDRO, C.difficile Infection Surveillance and LabID Event Reporting

Prevention Process and Active Surveillance Testing Outcome Measures

Vaccination Module

C.Diff Harms Residents Infographic
atom Alliance Pinterest Board: Infection Prevention
QIO Program Progress Infographic 2011-2014
QIO Program Progress Infographic 2011-2014

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Medicare & Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs as of June 2014
Medicare & Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs as of June 2014

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CMS Equity Plan
CMS Equity Plan

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Logic Models
The QIO Program helps you embrace data in your healthcare setting
Failure Modes & Effects Analysis (FMEA)
The QIO Program shares 5 steps in the Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA) to anticipate potential problems before they occur
Root Cause Analysis (RCA)
The QIO Program demonstrates how to identify the root cause of a problem using The 5 Whys
QIO Documentary
Learn about the history of the QIO Program, from 1966 through today.
IHI Whiteboard: Model for Improvement, Clip 1
IHI Whiteboard: Model for Improvement, Clip 2
IHI Whiteboard: PDSA Cycles, Part 1
IHI Whiteboard: PDSA Cycles, Part 2
IHI Whiteboard: Cause & Effect Diagrams

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National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria
National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

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