Good infection control and prevention practices benefit everyone.
Infection control and prevention practices prevent the spread of disease in healthcare and institutional settings. By following simple, evidence-based practices, you can protect yourself, your patients, and your community.
Stay up-to-date on infection control best practices. This page is full of helpful resources and tools to prevent and control the spread of infection. We also offer:
- Phone assistance with communicable disease and reporting questions.
- Assistance with outbreak investigation and control. Call (253)798-6410 and press 0.
- Public Health Consultant visits to provide updated public health information.
All hospitals and long-term care facilities should complete the Inter-Facility Infection Prevention and Safety Form when transferring a patient.
- Standard, contact, airborne, and droplet precautions—Practical guidelines for patient care.
- CDC's standard precautions page
- MRSA and Soft Tissue Infections (SSTI) Info for Medical Assistants and Nurses (2008)
- Infection Prevention and Control Guidelines for Foot Care Settings (2008)
- Hand hygiene information for Pierce County healthcare providers
- Six-Step Hand-Washing Technique Found Most Effective for Reducing Bacteria (study comparing CDC and WHO methods)
- Wash Your Handsington campaign
- Quick reference information for healthcare providers
- Guide to sterilizing and disinfecting instruments and equipment surfaces
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- How to use PPE
- How to properly put on and take off PPE (CDC)
- Do’s and don’ts for wearing gloves in the healthcare environment (APIC)
Toolkits for assisted living and long term care
- Norovirus/vomiting/diarrhea outbreaks—Identifying outbreaks quickly requires awareness of your facility’s normal rates of gastrointestinal illnesses. Use this toolkit if you suspect an outbreak.
- Flu outbreaks—Oct. 1 through April 30, staff must be diligent in monitoring flu-like illness. Use this tool to help ensure a prompt and effective outbreak response.
- Assisted living flu outbreaks—As a congregate living facility, you are responsible for providing a safe living environment. Use this tool to help identify and control flu outbreaks quickly.
- Infection control and prevention resources and links
- Healthcare-associated infections (CDC)
- Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC)