Infection Prevention and Control Services

The priority of the Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI) and Antimicrobial Resistance (AR) and Antibiotic Stewardship (AS) Program is to reduce the risk of infections and complications of individuals receiving healthcare in Idaho.

About Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI)

The Idaho HAI Program, in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, works with healthcare facilities to detect, prevent, respond to, and contain healthcare associated infections and antibiotic resistant pathogens. Infections can spread as patients and residents move across the continuum of care, from hospitals to long-term care facilities, outpatient surgery centers, rehabilitation centers, assisted living facilities, and other settings. It is essential that facilities understand how infections are transmitted and have policies and procedures in place to reduce the risk of HAIs.

Although significant progress has been made in preventing some types of healthcare associated infections, there is much more work to be done. On any given day, the CDC estimates 1 in 31 hospitalized patients develops at least one HAI. These infections can develop during (or soon after) receiving healthcare services or being in healthcare or residential care settings.

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Goals of Infection Prevention and Control Services
  • Provide technical assistance
  • Prevent healthcare associated infections and outbreaks
  • Identify and contain antibiotic resistant organisms
  • Provide education and workforce training opportunities and resources
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Infection Control Program Consultation
A targeted assessment of a healthcare facility’s Infection Control program identifies potential gaps and opportunities.

Available Services by Facility Type:

Acute Care Hospitals

Contact us today for a free consultation!

Our service menu includes but is not limited to:

  • Provide technical assistance on infection control practices
  • Conduct an infection control assessment to identify program strengths as well as any gaps
  • One-on-one outbreak support
  • National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) support
  • Provide education and support for infection control and antibiotic resistance
  • Provide educational materials and resources for staff and/or patients

Contact InfectionControl@dhw.idaho.gov or call (208)-334-5871

 

Assisted Living Facilities

Contact one of our Infection Control Nurses today for a free consultation!

Our service menu includes but is not limited to:

  • Infection control Q&A
  • Review policies and practices; provide recommendations to strengthen your facility's infection control program
  • One-on-one outbreak support to stop the spread
  • Train new and existing staff on a variety of infection prevention topics
  • Provide educational materials and resources for staff and/or residents

Contact InfectionControl@dhw.idaho.gov or call (208)-334-5871

Resources:

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Intermediate Care Facilities

Contact one of our Infection Control Nurses today for a free consultation!

Our service menu includes but is not limited to:

  • Infection control Q&A
  • Review policies and practices; provide recommendations to strengthen your facility's infection control program
  • One-on-one outbreak support to stop the spread
  • Train new and existing staff on a variety of infection prevention topics
  • Provide educational materials and resources for staff and/or residents

Contact InfectionControl@dhw.idaho.gov or call (208)-334-5871

Resources:

Program Services Flyer

 

Skilled Nursing Facilities

Contact one of our Infection Control Nurses today for a free consultation!

Our service menu includes but is not limited to:

  • Infection control Q&A
  • Mentor novice Infection Preventionists and healthcare personnel
  • Review policies and practices; provide recommendations to strengthen your facility's infection control program
  • One-on-one outbreak support to stop the spread
  • Train new and existing staff on a variety of infection prevention topics
  • Provide educational materials and resources for staff and/or residents

Contact InfectionControl@dhw.idaho.gov or call (208)-334-5871

Resources:

Program Services Flyer

Novice Long Term Care (LTC) Infection Preventionist Toolkit

Outpatient and Specialty Clinics

Contact us today for a free consultation!

Our service menu includes but is not limited to:

  • Infection control Q&A
  • Conduct an infection control assessment to identify program strengths as well as any gaps; provide recommendations to support any gaps identified
  • One-on-one outbreak support
  • Provide education and support for infection control and antibiotic resistance
  • Provide educational materials and resources for staff and/or patients

Contact InfectionControl@dhw.idaho.gov or call (208)-334-5871