Safety Teams and Organizational Structure
    Access to Information
    Facility Expectations
    Engagement of Patient/Client/Resident and Family


Healthcare-Associated Infection (HAI) Road Map

HAI Road Map coverThe 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 Jill Kieser Andersen, 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 Fall Conference

September 9, 1 - 4:30 p.m. CST

Earle Brown Heritage Center, Brooklyn Center

The CHAIN Fall Conference is designed to enhance HAI prevention efforts in Minnesota health care facilities. Intended audience is patient safety and quality staff, infection preventionists, nurse managers, nurses, and physicians. There is no charge for this opportunity; however, registration is required. For more information contact Mary Montury at 952-853-8541. Register.

Recruiting Underway for Regional HAI Prevention Initiative

Preventing and reducing HAIs in both intensive and non-intensive units in hospitals is the focus of the Lake Superior Quality Innovation Network (QIN) Healthcare-associated infections (HAI) initiative. This initiative is offered by Lake Superior QIN, supported by Stratis Health in Minnesota, to achieve the national health care quality improvement priorities of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Participants will use data-driven, patient-centered, evidence-based strategies designed to target the unique operational needs of each participating hospital and hospital unit. More information

Highlighted Resources

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.

Wash Tumbs poster


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.

CHAIN develops and helps carry out effective approaches for reducing and preventing healthcare-associated infections (HAI) in Minnesota.

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