offers assistance to those interested in improving infection control in health care and community settings:
- Phone assistance with communicable disease and reporting questions.
- Assistance with outbreak investigation and control issues; call phone number.
- Consultations to provide public health information.
- Guidelines and Precautions
- Injection Safety
- Hand Hygiene
- Environmental Cleaning
- Personal Protective Equipment
- Assisted Living and Long-term Care
- External Resources
- Infection Control Guidelines: Standard, Contact, Airborne and Droplet Precautions
- CDC Standard Precautions Page
- MRSA and soft tissue infection guide for medical assistants and nurses.
- Hand Hygiene information for Healthcare Providers
- Six-Step Hand-Washing Technique Found Most Effective for Reducing Bacteria (Study to Compare CDC and WHO methods)
- Wash Your Handsington Campaign
- Quick Reference Information for Healthcare Providers
- Guide to Sterilization and Disinfection of Instruments, Equipment Surfaces
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- How to Use Personal Protective Equipment
- How to Properly Put on and Take Off PPE (CDC)
- Do’s & Don’ts for Wearing Gloves in the Healthcare Environment (APIC)
Assisted living and long-term care
- Norovirus/vomiting/diarrhea outbreaks—Know your facility’s normal gastrointestinal illness rate. This will help you quickly identify outbreaks. Use this toolkit if you suspect an outbreak.
- Flu outbreaks—Monitor flu-like illness Oct. 1 through April 30. Use this tool to promptly and effectively respond to an outbreak.
- Assisted living flu outbreaks—Congregate living facilities must provide a safe living environment. Use this tool to quickly identify and control flu outbreaks.
- epiTrends: Public Health and Infection Prevention: Preventing Healthcare Associated Infections Together
- Infection control resources and links.
- Healthcare associated infections (CDC)
- Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC)
Infection Control News
Requested actions Washington currently has 16 reported cases of monkeypox, mostly in King County. Early cases were linked to travel but Public Health Seattle–King County announced last week the virus is likely spreading locally. Monkeypox is rare and not often seen in the United States. It can cause a rash that looks like bumps, blisters … 07/12/22 Health Advisory: Updated Monkeypox Guidance
A person in Colorado tested positive for avian influenza A(H5N1) virus (H5 bird flu), Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reported April 28, 2022. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed it is the first U.S. case of H5 bird flu. The person was involved in the culling of poultry with presumptive H5 … 05/05/22 Health Advisory: Colorado person first U.S. case of H5 bird flu
Requested actions Be aware, on March 29, 2022, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) amended its emergency use authorization (EUA) for Moderna COVID-19 booster dose vaccine. A new multi-dose vial is now available. It has a dark blue cap and a label with a purple border. Doses from this vial are 0.5 mL. Multi-dose vials are … 04/08/22 Health Advisory: COVID-19 Information for Providers