Infection prevention and control (IPC) describes a set of practices which aim to prevent the spread of infections, including healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) and emerging infectious diseases within healthcare settings. Examples of IPC include hand hygiene, use of personal protective equipment (PPE), safe injection practices, and proper environmental cleaning.
The goal of IPC is to keep people from getting sick. To support local health departments (LHDs), NACCHO, in partnership with the CDC, has compiled resources to enhance the capacity of local health department staff to address unique needs in a range of high-risk facility types. This library is a part of NACCHO’s work with Project Firstline, a comprehensive infection control program designed to help prevent the spread of infectious disease in the U.S. Project Firstline is committed to preparing the public health workforce and frontline healthcare workers to protect themselves, their patients, and their communities from infectious disease threats.
The resources in this library are organized into categories including best practices and guidance, practical tools, training, COVID-19 specific resources, and antimicrobial resistance. The Best Practices and Guidance tab includes some written guides and overviews of IPC practices and procedures. The resources in this tab can be organized by title, resource type, and audience. The Practical Tools tab includes IPC resources like forms, templates, and tools that are meant to be used as examples of how to develop usable documents at your health department.
NACCHO would like to thank the members of its Infection Prevention and Control Workforce Training Advisory Council for their contributions to the development of this resource library by identifying gaps in training resources and informing the process of enhancing training and materials available to build local health department IPC knowledge and capacity.
Suggestions for additional resources, as well as feedback on this resource library can be sent to [email protected]
The IPC Resource Library can be found HERE.