SHEA and IDSA, with partner organizations AHA, APIC, and the Joint Commission in 2008 published these science-based and practical recommendations for acute care hospitals for the prevention of common HAIs in Infection Control and Healthcare Epidemiology.

2008 Compendium Table of Contents

Editorial 

Introduction: Improving Patient Safety Through Infection Control: A New Healthcare Imperative 

Executive Summary: A Compendium of Strategies to Prevent Healthcare‐Associated Infections in Acute Care Hospitals

Strategies to Prevent Central Line–Associated Bloodstream Infections in Acute Care Hospitals

Strategies to Prevent Ventilator‐Associated Pneumonia in Acute Care Hospitals

Strategies to Prevent Catheter‐Associated Urinary Tract Infections in Acute Care Hospitals 

Strategies to Prevent Surgical Site Infections in Acute Care Hospitals

Strategies to Prevent Transmission of Methicillin‐Resistant Staphylococcus aureus in AcuteCare Hospitals

Strategies to Prevent Clostridium difficile Infections in Acute Care Hospitals


The 2008 Compendium is available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

Download (PDF) the Spanish translation of the 2008 Compendium.

Download (PDF) the Portuguese translation of the 2008 Compendium.

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Rationale for Hand Hygiene Recommendations after Caring for a Patient with Clostridium difficile Infection - Fall 2011 Update

This brief responds to Questions that frequently arise in regards to the recommended method of hand hygiene after caring for patients with Clostridium difficile infection (CDI). The brief clarifies that although soap and water is superior to removing C. difficile spores from hands of volunteers compared to alcohol-based hand hygiene products, there have been no studies in acute care settings that have demonstrated an increase in CDI with alcohol-based hand hygiene products or a decrease in CDI with soap and water. This is why preferential use of soap and water for hand hygiene after caring for a patient with CDI is not recommended in non-outbreak settings.

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