Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI)
     
Resources for Healthcare Professionals
The HAI Program works with healthcare facilities, health professionals, and other partners to reduce HAIs in Nebraska.   
 
HAI Reporting and NHSN Validation
  • Validates NHSN reporting from facilities
  • Provides mentorship to infection preventionists about NHSN reporting
  • Collaborates to create solutions to reduce higher rates of HAIs
  • Holds quarterly calls with infection preventionists around the state
  • “Ask an IP”

Outbreak Detection and Management

  • Manages antibiotic data registry to detect novel resistant organisms and identify clusters
  • Collaborates with the Nebraska Public Health Laboratory to determine when to refer specimens for testing and to confirm novel resistance mechanisms
  • Advises local health departments on identifying and managing HAI outbreaks
  • Advises healthcare facilities on how to report CREs and what to do about colonization testing around a case patient: PDF CRE Investigation Response Guidelines
  • Advises healthcare facilities and local health departments on investigating surgical site infection (SSI) outbreaks using the following tools: PDF Nebraska SSI Outbreak Response Guidelines 2018 and SSI Outbreak Investigation Line List Template

Antibiotic Stewardship
Nebraska DHHS supports antibiotic stewardship to decrease antimicrobial resistance by encouraging the correct use of antibiotics.

Antimicrobial Resistance Information for Healthcare Providers
Learn about disease reporting, emerging resistant organisms, and carbapenem resistant organisms.

Clostridium difficile Infections
Find information about Clostridium difficile infections, prevention strategies for healthcare professionals, and laboratory testing.  

Nebraska DHHS is funded by CDC to recruit and train injection safety champions at every location in Nebraska where injections and IV infusions are administered.  Learn more and/or take the course
 
Infection Control Assessment and Promotion Program (ICAP)
ICAP provides voluntary confidential assessments and guidance to improve infection control quality at different types of healthcare facilities around the state. The program is supported by a grant from the CDC and is based at Nebraska Medicine.
 
Making Dialysis Safer Campaign (CDC)
The Making Dialysis Safer for Patients Coalition is a partnership of organizations and individuals working to prevent dialysis bloodstream infections.
 
Additional HAI Program Partners
 
Nebraska's HAI Program coordinates and HAI Advisory Council that meets quarterly with stakeholders. The program also collaborates with the following organizations:
Additional Resources for Healthcare Professionals

The Healthcare Associated Infections Program routinely shares its work with others across the nation. A complete list of recent pubilcations and presentations can be viewed here: PDF Healthcare Associated Infections Program Publications and Presentations

 
 
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