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Infection Control: Infection Specific Resources

This guide collects into one place authoritative information on the prevention of the spread of infections in healthcare settings.

CAUTI, SSI, Sepsis

Scroll down to view information on MRSA and CLABSI

Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infection

"Among UTIs acquired in the hospital, approximately 75% are associated with a urinary catheter"


Surgical Site Infection

"It is estimated that approximately half of SSI are deemed preventable using evidence-based strategies"
(CDC SSI Prevention Guideline)



A life-threatening illness caused by the body's response to an infection.

"Sepsis may progress to septic shock. 
This is a dramatic drop in blood pressure that can lead to severe organ problems and death"
(Mayo Clinic: Sepsis)

   Diagnosis. Prevention, and Treatment of CAUTI Guidelines for the diagnosis, prevention, and management of persons with catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CA-UTI), both symptomatic and asymptomatic, were prepared by an Expert Panel of the Infectious Diseases Society of America.

   The CDC Recommendations Related to CAUTIThe guideline can be used as a resource for societies or organizations that wish to develop more detailed implementation guidance for prevention of CAUTI.

   Complicated Urinary Infection...A chapter from the fourth edition of the eBook Infectious Diseases. The full title of the chapter is "Complicated Urinary Infection, Including Postsurgical and Catheter-Related Infections"

   Urinary Tract InfectionsThe 2nd edition of the eBook Netter's Infectious Disease offers this informative chapter on the topic.

   Cochrane Systematic Review - Short Term CatheterisationSeveral measures have been introduced to reduce catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs). One of these measures is the introduction of specialised urethral catheters that have been designed to reduce the risk of infection. These include antiseptic-coated and antimicrobial-impregnated catheters.

CDC's Guideline for Prevention of SSI
Objective: To provide new and updated evidence-based recommendations for the prevention of SSI.

Intraoperative Interventions for preventing SSI
An overview of Cochrane Reviews

Surgical Site Infection
Netter's Infectious Disease, 2nd edition, has this chapter authored by E. Patchen Dellinger

Surgical Site Infections and Antimicrobial Prophylaxis
A chapter by Thomas R. Talbot from the ninth edition of the eBook Mandell, Douglass, and Bennett's Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases

Infectious Complications Following Surgery and Trauma
The fourth edition of the eBook Infectious Diseases contains this chapter dealing with SSI's


Tom Van Der Poll and Willem Joost Wiersinga contribute this chapter to the fourth edition of Elsevier's Infectious Diseases eBook

Sepsis-3 The Third International Consensus Definitions  

An article in JAMA that states the following objective: "To evaluate and, as needed, update definitions for sepsis and septic shock"

Surgical Site Infections and Antimicrobial Prophylaxis  

A chapter by Thomas R. Talbot from the ninth edition of the eBook Mandell, Douglass, and Bennett's Principles of Infectious Diseases

A Rational Approach to Clinical Infectious Diseases - Sepsis  

An eBook chapter that acknowledges the fact that "all providers will encounter patients with sepsis, regardless of their practice site or clinical focus; thus it is important for everyone to have an understanding of sepsis." 

Healthcare Professional Information  

A page from the CDC  that include information on educating patients and families as well as offering a variety of PDF's and printables




Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus

MRSA is "a cause of staph infection that is difficult to treat because of resistance to some antibiotics.  Staph infections--including those caused by MRSA--can spread in hospitals, other healthcare facilities, and in the community..."
(CDC, ttps://


Central Line-Associated Blood Stream Infection

CLABSI results in "thousands of deaths each year and billions of dollars in added costs to the U.S. healthcare system."


 Multidrug-resistant organisms (MDRO) Management  - The CDC's general recommendations for all healthcare settings independent of the prevalence of multidrug resistant organism infections or the population served.

 Strategies to prevent Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus transmission... - The intent of this document, from the journal Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, is to highlight practical recommendations in a concise format designed to assist acute care hospitals in implementing MRSA prevention efforts.

  Clinical Overview of MRSA and MRSE from Elsevier's ClinicalKey database - A concise resource with key points reflecting the latest findings, diagnosis and differential diagnosis.

 UpToDate MRSA in Adults: Treatment of skin and soft tissue infections - An article from the evidence-based clinical decision tool UpToDate.  

Strategies to prevent Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections 
- This document updates “Strategies to Prevent Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections in Acute Care Hospitals,” published in the journal Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology in 2008.

Central venous catheters: short term issues 
 - A section from the chapter "Infections caused by percutaneous intravascular devices" from the ninth edition of the eBook Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases .

  APSIC guide for prevention of CLABSI 
- An executive summary of the Asia Pacific Society of Infection Control's guidelines for prevention of CLABSI

Intravascular Catheter-related Infection (BSI) 
- From the CDC, a summary of recommendations and guidelines for the prevention of intravascular catheter-related infections 

UpToDate Intravascular non-hemodialysis catheter-related infection treatment 
An article from the evidence-based clinical decision tool UpToDate