Educational Resources

APIC Professional Practice Standards

 APIC Professional Practice Standards, AJIC 2016

MHA offers Mini Grants

According to Hospital Compare data, Minnesota has one of the highest Healthcare-associated infections (HAI) rates for CAUTI and SSI Colon Surgery compared to hospitals across the nation. Competent, knowledgeable professionals are critical when it comes to implementing best practices for patient safety in a healthcare organization. Studies have demonstrated that hospital infection prevention programs lead by a board certified infection preventionist have fewer HAIs. The Minnesota Hospital Association has a limited opportunity through the Partnership for Patients to reimburse up to $250 for the first 10 hospital infection preventionists in Minnesota that pass certification process.  Costs may include exam fee, books, and prep education to prepare for exam.  Interested parties should complete and submit the reimbursement form along with the required documentation. 

CHAIN - Collaborative HAI Network

The Collaborative Healthcare-Associated Infection Network (CHAIN) develops and helps carry out effective approaches for reducing and preventing healthcare-associated infections in Minnesota.  APIC MN, the Minnesota Department of Health, the Minnesota Hospital Association, and Stratis Health formed CHAIN in 2011.

The Road Map to a Comprehensive Healthcare-Associated Infection (HAI) Prevention Program provides evidence-based recommendations and standards for Minnesota hospitals to develop comprehensive HAI prevention programs. The road map reflects published literature and guidelines by relevant professional organizations and regulatory agencies, as well as identified best practices.

Healthcare-associated infections (HAI) prevention goals are achieved through interventions focused on hand hygiene, transmission precautions, injection practices, antimicrobial stewardship, environmental cleaning and evidence-based clinical bundles. The partnership is focusing on reducing and preventing the following infections:

  • CLABSI: central line associated bloodstream infections
  • CAUTI: catheter associated urinary tract infections
  • CDI, C. diff: clostridium difficile infections
  • SSI: surgical site infections

This work aligns with the work of other groups focusing on patient safety, adverse event reporting, transforming care at the bedside, and quality reporting and improvement. The initial focus for prevention is on infections occurring in the hospital setting.