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CDC, APIC Produce Quick Observation Tools for Infection Prevention

New Quick Observation Tools from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) aim to help infection preventionists and other health care providers reduce health care–associated infections.

The tools facilitate rapid infection prevention checks and timely remediation of deficiencies in acute-care hospitals, ambulatory settings, critical-access hospital units, and critical-care hospital high-level disinfection units.

The no-cost, downloadable cards include ready-to-use assessment forms featuring three to eight questions for each patient or observation. They target 19 common themes, environments, or patient populations, such as central catheters, hand hygiene, and neonatal intensive care unit visitor areas.

CDC and APIC are developing full tool suites tailored to different care settings.

Contact Senior Director of Policy Erin O’Malley at or 202.585.0127 with questions.

About the Author

Emily Schweich is a communications manager at America's Essential Hospitals.

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