Online safety resource available for clinicians

Healthcare-associated infections targeted

The Office of Healthcare Quality in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released "Partnering to Heal: Teaming Up Against Healthcare-Associated Infections," an interactive learning tool for clinicians, health professional students, and family caregivers.

The training videos include information on basic protocols for universal precautions and isolation precautions to protect patients, visitors, and practitioners from the most common disease transmissions. The training promotes six key behaviors: teamwork; communication; hand washing; vaccination against the flu; appropriate use of antibiotics; and proper insertion, use, and removal of catheters and ventilators. These resources support the new Partnership for Patients, a national public-private partnership with hospitals, medical groups, consumer groups, and employers that aims to prevent millions of injuries and complications in patient care over the next three years. To access the videos, go to http://www.hhs.gov/ash/initiatives/hai/training/index.html. For more on Partnership for Patients, go to http://www.healthcare.gov/center/programs/partnership/index.html.