Practice resources

Gel or Shellac Nail Polish 

APIC supports this statement found on the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) clincal practice FAQ page related to gel or shellac nail polish

Animals in Healthcare Facilities

Animals in Healthcare Facilities: Recommendations to Minimize Potential Risks (Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, May 2015, vol. 36, no. 5)

This White Paper provides general guidance for managing animals in healthcare. It includes a literature review, review of hospital policies, results of a survey on institutional policies on animals in healthcare and guidance to minimize infection risks associated with animals in healthcare. Specifically, animal assisted activity animals, service animals, research animals, and personal pet visitation are the focus.

The authors stress that the recommendations and guidance in the article are not evidence-based but rather, are practical, expert opinion based recommendations made in the absence of robust evidence and research.

The paper includes specific guidance on managing the different animal categories and specifically stresses the importance of:

  • developing a policy regarding animals in healthcare; 
  • compliance with state and regulatory agency guidelines; 
  • outlining clear definitions about service animals and other categories of animals; 
  • proposes detailed recommendations for specific animal categories;
  • continuing research in this arena to develop more evidence-based guidance.

Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) duodenoscopes

APIC-SHEA infection prevention and consumer FAQs related to infection risk from duodenoscope procedures 

Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) infections 

Topic specific resource page on CRE

Ebola virus disease

Important information on the status of the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa and precautions you can take

Bulk Package of Contrast Material SBAR

Information and recommendations related to infection control risk with innappropriate use of pharmacy bulk packages of IV contrast materials. 

Antimicrobial stewardship 
Antimicrobial stewardship is a coordinated program that promotes the appropriate use of antimicrobials, improves patient outcomes, reduces microbial resistance to antibiotics, and decreases the spread of infections caused by multidrug-resistant organisms.

Hospital rankings reports: Background points and sample messaging

Fist bump study: Talking points and backgrounder for members on August 2014 American Journal of Infection Control article titled: “The fist bump: A more hygienic alternative to the handshake”

Backgrounder for members on 5/29/13 New England Journal of Medicine article: “Targeted vs. universal decolonization to prevent ICU infection.”

Compendium of Strategies to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections in Acute Care Hospitals 
The Compendium consolidates infection prevention research regarding six of the most common healthcare-associated infections: Clostridium difficile, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, central line-associated bloodstream infections, ventilator-associated pneumonia, catheter-associated urinary tract infections, and surgical site infections. The Compendium was developed by a partnership of healthcare organizations.

Healthcare personnel immunization 
Obtain immunization resources and read more on APIC’s position on influenza immunizations of healthcare personnel.

The Joint Commission National Patient Safety Goals  
Learn more about the National Patient Safety Goals (NPSGs) established by the Patient Safety Advisory Group to help accredited organizations address specific areas of concern in regards surrounding patient safety. 

Definitions and surveillance  
Surveillance is a comprehensive method of measuring outcomes and related processes of care, analyzing the data, and providing information to members of the healthcare team to assist in improving those outcomes and processes. Read more to learn about recommended surveillance practices and definitions used in long-term care and home health.

Choosing surveillance technology

Identify the surveillance system that will work best for your individual facility.

Position statements 
These documents are designed to assist in policy development and decision making in areas that are unclear or controversial.

Pneumonia prevention

Access guidelines, tools, articles, and other resources to prevent pneumonia in your healthcare organization. 

Environmental services 
Learn how to minimize infections from the healthcare environment.

Construction issues  
APIC resources provide guidance for infection prevention during the construction or remodeling of healthcare facilities.