ICAP: CDC Nebraska Infection Control Assessment & Promotion Program
Preventing Healthcare Associated Infections Throughout Nebraska
"In the ongoing war of humans vs. disease-causing bacteria, the bugs are gaining the upper hand. Deadly and unrelenting, they’re becoming more and more difficult to kill. You might think of hospitals as sterile safety zones in that battle. But in truth, they are ground zero for the invasion."~ Consumer Reports: July 29, 2015
How Will Your Facility Benefit From an Assessment of Infection Prevention and Control Practices?
Use an Assessment
- As part of Infection Control Risk Assessment planning
- For regulatory preparation
- For fresh perspective on existing programs
- To assist new infection prevention staff
What is Assessed?
- Using a CDC assessment tools, the Nebraska ICAP team assesses the capacity of the facility to detect, report, and respond to potential healthcare acquired infections, outbreaks, and outbreak reporting
- Nebraska ICAP provides the facility a line-item report of findings from the assessment. A peer-to-peer recommendation for prioritization is provided
- Nebraska ICAP provides the facility evidenced-based, peer-reviewed resources for improvement if needed
- Nebraska ICAP partners with the facility for education
Who Does the Assessment?
Nebraska Medicine staff, with extensive history in infection control and epidemiology, provides the assessment and education
How Long Does It Take?
- Approximately 1 day is needed
- Half of the day is spent in interview format, describing the program and looking at key elements
- The second half of the day includes optional observation modules (e.g., hand hygiene, point of care testing, disinfection and sterilization, medication preparation, and environmental cleaning)
What is the Cost?
- There is no cost for the assessment or ongoing partnership. The Nebraska ICAP program is a federally-funded grant to provide infection control assessment and promotion in the state of Nebraska. There is no fee for services, and no fee for travel, lodging, or meals.
- Assessments are available for Long Term Care Facilities, Acute Care Facilities, Hemodialysis Centers, and Outpatient Care Settings.
CDC Assessment Tools
- Acute Care Assessment Tool
- Hemodiolysis Center Assessment Tool
- Long Term Care Assessment Tool
- Outpatient Assessment Tool
- CDC: Website
- CDC: Antimicrobial Stewardship
- CDC: Healthcare-associated Infections (HAI)
- CDC: Birds kept as pets, resource
- CDC: Breast milk Storage
- Nebraska Medicine: Antimicrobial Stewardship Program
- Nebraska ICAP: Guidance on use of donated breast milk
- Nebraska Medicine: Donated Human Milk Admin Policy Example
- FDA: Donated breast milk guidance
- Birds Kept as Pets in LTC 2016
- Culture Based Surveillance Algorithm
- SHEA: Compendiums
- SHEA: For Patients
- SHEA: Antimicrobial Stewardship
- SHEA Expert Guidance: Animals in Healthcare Facilities
- CDPH - California Department of Public Health
- Environmental Services Cleaning Guidebook, Minnesota Hospital Association
- DICON - Duke Infection Control Outreach Network
- APIC: Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA) during Construction and Renovation
- Nebraska Medicine: Care of Central Venous Catheters
Safe Injection Resources
- ISMP: Safe Practice Guidelines for Adult IV Push Medications
- APIC Position Paper 2011