AHA’s role in infection control

Through the decades, American Hospital Association guidance and publications addressed a wide variety of infection control topics, including the following:

1940s

• disinfection after contagion

• ultraviolet rays as a sterilizing agent

1950s

• hospital preparation for ’Asian” influenza

• prevention and control of staphylococcal infections

1960s

• debut of infection control textbook (four editions appeared from 1962-1980)

1970s

• microbiologic contamination control in hospitals

• care of patients with pulmonary tuberculosis

• smallpox vaccination of workers

• managing workers with hepatitis B virus infection

• catheter-related urinary tract infections

• microbiologic sampling in hospitals

1980s

• rubella control

• hepatitis B (HBV) vaccine for health care workers

• prevention of perinatal transmission of HBV

• reuse of disposable medical devices

• cost-effective infection control management

• management of HIV infection in the hospital

• AIDS facts, financial implications, and communication strategies

• AIDS/HIV health care practices and public policy

• needlestick prevention

1990s

• shaping state and local regulation of medical and hazardous waste

• universal precautions to prevent HIV and HBV

• multimedia universal precautions train-the-trainer program

• guidelines for implementation of OSHA’s bloodborne pathogen standard

• adopting safer needle devices

• preventing patient infections during construction

• immunization of patients, workers, and community

• TB control in hospitals

• preventing transmission of antibiotic-resistant organisms