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APIC Implementation Guides

APIC Implementation Guides provide practical, evidence-based strategies for surveillance and the elimination of infection. Each guide includes online tools and resources.

Newly Released Guides:

Coming Soon:

  • Guide to Hand Hygiene Programs for Infection Prevention 
  • Guide to Preventing Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections 
  • Guide for the Prevention of Mediastinitis Surgical Site Infections Following Cardiac Surgery (2008)

    Guide for the Prevention of Mediastinitis Surgical Site Infections Following Cardiac Surgery (2008)

    Strategies to help infection preventionists minimize the risk of mediastinitis following cardiac surgery procedures:

    • Risk factors
    • Program interventions
    • Mediastinitis prevention recommendations
    • Cardiac surgery surveillance methodology
    • Process improvement opportunities

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  • Guide to Infection Prevention in Emergency Medical Services (2013)

    Guide to Infection Prevention in Emergency Medical Services (2013)

    Provides an overview of infection prevention best practices for emergency medical services (EMS) system responders. Includes:

    • The role of infection prevention in patient and EMS system responder safety
    • Infection prevention standards, regulations, and best practices applicable to EMS setting
    • Overview of epidemiology and pathogenesis of communicable diseases in EMS setting
    • Instruction, examples, and tools to perform surveillance, develop an exposure control plan with post-exposure management, and conduct risk assessments
    • Emergency, disaster, and bioterrorism preparedness
    • Forms and templates for infection prevention education, training, and compliance monitoring

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  • Guide to Preventing Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections (2014)

    Guide to Preventing Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections (2014)

    This newly revised Guide provides infection preventionists with new and expanded content on preventing CAUTI, including:  

    • Expanded content on the epidemiology and pathogenesis of CAUTI, surveillance, and reporting
    • New content addresses patient safety, CUSP, and other behavioral models for prevention
    • New content on CAUTI prevention in special populations: pediatrics, spinal cord injury, long-term care, and ICU
    • More than twice the number of figures, tables and other examples compared to 2008 edition
    • New case studies showcase success stories

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  • Guide to Preventing Clostridium difficile Infections (2013)

    Guide to Preventing Clostridium difficile Infections (2013)

    Best practices for IPs and anyone who cares for patients with C. difficile or in facilities with patients who are being treated for C. difficile infections (CDI). Includes:

    • Pathogenesis and changing epidemiology of CDI
    • Diagnosis and surveillance
    • Prevention strategies including hand hygiene and environmental controls
    • Special considerations for skilled nursing and pediatrics
    • Antimicrobial stewardship
    • Emerging technologies and therapies
    • Tools and additional resources

    Other resources

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  • Guide to the Elimination of Infections in Hemodialysis (2010)

    Guide to the Elimination of Infections in Hemodialysis (2010)

    Best practices for keeping hemodialysis patients safe from infection, including:

    • Infection prevention in hemodialysis
    • Environmental and equipment cleaning/disinfection
    • Vascular access protection
    • PPE guidelines for standard precautions in hemodialysis
    • Hepatitis B infection isolation/precautions transmission-based precautions
    • Surveillance methodology for dialysis infections
    • Employee health

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  • Guide to the Elimination of Methicillin-Resistant Staphyloccus aureus (MRSA) Transmission in Hospital Settings, 2nd Edition (2010)

    Guide to the Elimination of Methicillin-Resistant Staphyloccus aureus (MRSA) Transmission in Hospital Settings, 2nd Edition (2010)

    Practice guidance for the elimination of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) transmission in hospital settings, including:

    • MRSA risk assessment
    • MRSA surveillance methodology
    • Environmental and equipment decontamination
    • Best practice recommendations
    • Antimicrobial stewardship
    • Antibiogram development and laboratory testing
    • MRSA decolonization

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  • Guide to the Elimination of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in the Long-Term Care Facility (2009)

    Guide to the Elimination of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in the Long-Term Care Facility (2009)

    Comprehensive strategies for eliminating MRSA across the entire spectrum of long-term care (LTC) facilities:

    • Risk assessment
    • Surveillance cultures
    • Management of MRSA-positive residents
    • Standard/contact precautions
    • Environmental and equipment cleaning and disinfection
    • Antimicrobial management and stewardship in LTC
    • Colonization and decolonization

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  • Guide to the Elimination of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) Transmission in Hospital Settings - California Supplement (2009)

    Guide to the Elimination of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) Transmission in Hospital Settings - California Supplement (2009)

    Created to provide California-based hospitals and other healthcare providers with the most recent scientific and regulatory information, including:

    • Current California MRSA guidelines
    • Local or county guidelines
    • Reporting requirements 
    • Legislative mandates
    • Licensing and certification requirements

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  • Guide to the Elimination of Multidrug-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii Transmission in Healthcare Settings (2010)

    Guide to the Elimination of Multidrug-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii Transmission in Healthcare Settings (2010)

    Summary of the latest studies, outbreak experiences, applicable guidelines, and tools to manage and eliminate transmission of multidrug-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii (MDR Ab) in healthcare settings:

    • Risk assessment
    • Surveillance
    • Antibiotic stewardship/antibiograms
    • Standard precautions
    • Transmission-based precautions
    • Outbreak recognition and control
    • Special settings

    Japanese translation - Guide to the Elimination of Multidrug-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii Transmission in Healthcare Settings (2010)

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  • Guide to the Elimination of Orthopedic Surgical Site Infections (2010)

    Guide to the Elimination of Orthopedic Surgical Site Infections (2010)

    Practical tools, strategies, and resources for infection preventionists, care providers, surgical staff and quality improvement teams; developed with the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN):

    • Surveillance
    • Outcome reports
    • Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) value-based purchasing
    • Preoperative preparation
    • Perioperative settings
    • Postoperative periods

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