Reducing Healthcare-Associated Infections
in Hospitals

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.

Qsource 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.

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.

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.

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

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
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

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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