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Guide to Preventing Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections—Access and share this vital resource 

The complimentary and newly revised Guide to Preventing Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections provides new and expanded content on the epidemiology and pathogenesis of catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI), surveillance and reporting; patient safety, and CAUTI prevention in special populations (pediatrics, spinal cord injury, long-term care, and ICU).

Access this and other Implementation Guides and share with your colleagues.

Distribution as a full access online resource from the APIC website is made possible by the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ) through the national On the Cusp: Stop CAUTI project.

 

Fact sheet now available from CDC on C.Diff.

 

Infection Control Breaches Which Warrant Referral to Public Health Authorities
 
Memo # 14-36-All
Posting Date 2014-05-30
Fiscal Year 2014
Summary
• Infection Control Breaches Warranting Referral to Public Health Authorities: If State Survey Agencies (SAs) or Accrediting Organizations (AOs) identify any of the breaches of generally accepted infection control standards listed in this memorandum, they should refer them to appropriate State authorities for public health assessment and management. • Identification of Public Health Contact: SAs should consult with their State’s Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI) Prevention Coordinator or State Epidemiologist on the preferred referral process. Since AOs operate in multiple States, they do not have to confer with State public health officials to set up referral processes, but are expected to refer identified breaches to the appropriate State public health contact identified at: http://www.cdc.gov/HAI/state-based/index.html.

 

Advance Copy of Revised F371; Interpretive guidance and Procedures for Sanitary Conditions, Preparation of Eggs in Nursing Homes
 
Memo # 14-34-NH
Posting Date 2014-05-2
Fiscal Year 2014
Summary
• Guidance for Nursing Homes: Skilled nursing and nursing facilities should use pasteurized shell eggs or liquid pasteurized eggs to eliminate the risk of residents contracting Salmonella Enteritidis (SE). The use of pasteurized eggs allows for resident preference for soft-cooked, undercooked or sunny-side up eggs while maintaining food safety. In accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) standards, skilled nursing and nursing facilities should not prepare nor serve soft-cooked, undercooked or sunny-side up eggs from unpasteurized eggs. • Guidance for Surveyors: Signed health release agreements between the resident (or the resident’s representative) and the facility that acknowledges the resident’s acceptance of the risk of eating undercooked unpasteurized eggs are not permitted. Pasteurized eggs are commercially available and allow the safe consumption of eggs. If the facility prepares or serves unpasteurized or undercooked eggs which are not cooked until both the yolk and white are completely firm, surveyors should consider citing deficiencies at F371. Determination of the appropriate scope and severity shall be based upon the actual or potential negative resident outcomes in accordance with guidance given at F371.