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Infection Prevention and Control General Guidance

The infection prevention team is a partnership of the Bureau of Health Care Quality and Compliance (HCQC) and Office of State Epidemiology's Healthcare-Associated Infection (HAI). Team members are available for consultations and risk assessment; onsite technical support; outbreak support; and questions about infection prevention and control issues.

Additionally, the HCQC infection control team has also compiled general resources, facility type-specific resources and IPC training for unlicensed caregivers, as linked below. Regarding any of the services listed above, send an email to

Contact the HAI team at

Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee

Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC) is a federal advisory committee appointed to provide advice and guidance to DHHS and CDC regarding the practice of infection control and prevention.

CDC Infection Prevention and Control

This site from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention includes an overview of how infections spread, ways to prevent the spread of infections, and more detailed recommendations by type of healthcare setting.

Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology

The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) Implementation Guides provide practical, evidence-based strategies for surveillance and the elimination of infection. Each guide includes online tools and resources. (To download the free guides, you are required to provide contact information.)

  • All APIC Implementation Guides
  • The above link includes the following infection prevention guides:
    • Guide to Preventing Central-Line Associated Bloodstream Infections
    • Guide to Hand Hygiene Programs for Infection Prevention (2015)
    • Guide to Preventing Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections (2014)
    • Guide to Preventing Clostridium difficile Infections (2013)
    • Guide to the Elimination of Multidrug-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii Transmission in Healthcare Settings (2010)
    • Guide to the Elimination of MRSA in the Long-Term Care Facility (2009)

Hand Hygiene

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Respiratory Hygiene/Cough Etiquette in Healthcare Settings

Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI)

Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection

Prevention of Ventilator-Associated Event (VAE)

Prevention of Surgical Site Infection (SSI)

Management of Multidrug-Resistant Organisms

Mycobacterium tuberculosis

Legionella/Legionnaire's Disease (Water Management)

Injection Safety

Point-of-Care Testing

Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection

Device Reprocessing

Construction Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA)

General vaccine and immunization resources

Educational opportunities

Health Care Personnel