Healthcare-Associated Infection (HAI) Road Map
The Road Map to a Comprehensive Healthcare-Associated Infection (HAI) Prevention Program provides evidence-based recommendations and standards for Minnesota hospitals to develop comprehensive HAI prevention programs. The road map reflects published literature and guidelines by relevant professional organizations and regulatory agencies, as well as identified best practices.
The road map's targeted infections:
- Catheter associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI)
- Central line associated blood stream infections (CLABSI)
- Surgical site infection (SSI)
- Clostridium difficile infection (CDI)
The road map helps your organization assess issues related to the following components of your HAI program:
- Safety teams and organizational structure
- Access to information
- Facility expectations
- Engagement of patient/client/resident and families
- Hand hygiene
- Transmission - transmission-based isolation precautions
- Antimicrobial stewardship program
- Injection practices
- System wide environmental cleaning and disinfection
Welcome to the CHAIN Website
Chain participants, please share your tools and resources to contribute to this site. Sharing knowledge will help us all provide better care to people in Minnesota. Send tool and resource suggestions to Bruce Johnson, Stratis Health. Together, we can reduce HAI rates.
Minnesota NHSN Monthly Users Group Conference Calls
The National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) is a secure, internet-based surveillance system open to all types of health care facilities in the U.S. More information
News and Events
CHAIN Webinar: “Vanishing VAE,”
Mechanical ventilation saves the lives of over 300,000 critically ill patients in the U.S. annually; however, there are preventable ventilator related complications that can lead to poor outcomes, including death. The Minnesota Hospital Association convened a group of Minnesota hospitals to conduct a review of the most recent evidence-based recommendations related to VAE prevention, and establish a bundle of interventions. The Vanishing VAE bundle is being piloted by four hospitals, including one rural hospital. Lessons learned during initial implementation will be shared. Webinar on December 8, from 12-1 p.m. CST. Register
Ebola Preparedness in Minnesota
The Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) reports that hospitals and health systems from around the state have developed a coordinated strategy to care for Ebola patients in Minnesota. Under the plan, all hospitals in the state will continue to be prepared to detect, isolate and initially care for suspected Ebola patients. Should a case of Ebola be identified, the patient will be treated at one of four designated hospitals. More information.
CHAIN Fall Conference
Presented on September 10, 2014. Covers HAI prevention efforts in Minnesota health care facilities for patient safety and quality staff, infection preventionists, nurse managers, nurses, and physicians.
Videos and slides
A collection of presentations from the October 24. 2013 CHAIN-sponsored Antimicrobial Stewardship Conference that provide examples of a variety of effective strategies for antimicrobial stewardship programs throughout Minnesota.
- A Critical Access Hospital’s ASP. Presented by Amy Dittmer, Pharm.D, Director of Pharmacy, Glencoe Regional Health Services. (10-page PDF)
- Antibiotic Resistance in Minnesota. Presented by Ruth Lynfield, MD, Minnesota Department of Health. (20-page PDF)
- Antibiotic Stewardship 360⁰: Optimizing Outcomes For Common Infectious Syndromes. Presented by Ayesha Rashid MD, and Gary Kravitz, MD, FACP, FIDSA, FSHEA, St. Paul Infectious Disease Associates. (68-page PDF)
- Antimicrobial Stewardship in Ambulatory Care at HCMC. Presented by Mary K Kuzel, PharmD, BCACP, Downtown Medicine Clinics, Hennepin County Medical Center. (7-page PDF)
- Pharmacist-Driven ASP. Presented by Jessica Holt, PharmD, BCPS (AQ-ID) Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Coordinator, Abbott Northwestern Hospital. (11-page PDF)
- Practical Pearls for Effective Sustainable Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs. Presented by Susan Kline, MD, MPH, Medical Director for Infection Control, University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview. (43-page PDF)
Handwashing Poster: Don’t Forget Your Thumbs. Poster reminds staff and visitors to wash their hands completely to avoid passing germs. (1-page PDF)
Stop Infections from Lethal CRE Germs Now
Read CDC’s Vital Signs for new information on carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae (CRE), a lethal group of bacteria that are highly resistant to antimicrobials.
Also read recommendations for CRE prevention in acute care and long-term care settings from the Minnesota Department of Health: Minnesota Targets Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae. Minnesota is one of the Emerging Infections Program (EIP) sites that has developed and carried out active CRE surveillance.