A Compendium of Strategies to Prevent Health Care-Associated Infections in Acute Care Hospitals


A Compendium of Strategies to Prevent Health Care-Associated Infections in Acute Care Hospitals


The Compendium is a set of strategies designed for acute care hospitals to prevent six of the most common health care–associated infections: Clostridium difficile, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, central line-associated bloodstream infections, ventilator-associated pneumonia, catheter-associated urinary tract infections, and surgical site infections. The strategies of basic infection surveillance, control, and prevention recommendations in hospitals can lead to improved infection rates and patient safety programs.

This tool includes guides on the following topics:

  • Surgical site infection (SSI)
  • Central line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI)
  • Catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI)
  • Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP)
  • Clostridium difficile
  • Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)
  • Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE)

Most guides are also available in Spanish.


Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America; Infectious Diseases Society of America

Funding Sources:

American Hospital Association; Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; The Joint Commission


Release Date: 2008
Original Summary: December 2009
Last Updated: 03/14/12

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