Infection Checklist

CUSP Toolkit

Who should use this tool? Infection preventionists.
Checklist itemsLeader ResponsibleDate Started
1. Meet with the CEO and hospital project leader to learn about the initiative and understand the infection prevention (IP) roles.  
2. Introduce the project to all IP staff members and explain their role.  
3. Require all current and new IP staff to receive Science of Safety training.  
4. Assign an IP to each <Insert Project Name> team.  
5. Require the IP to contribute actively to monthly team meetings.  
6. Participate in project calls and face-to-face meetings.  
7. Work with unit teams to investigate each incident and report the findings across the institution.  
8. Shadow the nurses.  
9. Arrange for nurses to shadow IPs.  
10. Identify and mitigate barriers to achieving the project goals.  
11. Ask clinicians what is difficult in achieving the project goals.  
12. Collaborate to remove barriers to achieving the project goals.  
<Insert Infection Name>  
1. Collaborate with clinical and administrative leaders to develop a coordinated plan for <Insert Infection Name> reduction throughout the organization.  
2. Ensure that all IP staff are skilled in the use of CDC <Insert Infection Name> definitions and surveillance methods.  
3. Maintain an active infection surveillance program using CDC criteria.  
4. Monitor hand hygiene no less than quarterly and report performance to all employees and the board.  
5. Ensure the accuracy and efficacy of staff education on strategies to prevent <Insert Infection Name> (e.g., electronic learning systems that document required education).  
6. Provide monthly unit-level <Insert Infection Name> data to project leads for posting and transparent tracking.  
7. Send senior hospital leaders unit-specific weekly reports on the number of people infected with <Insert Infection Name>, the weeks without <Insert Infection Name>, and quarterly rates of <Insert Infection Name>.  
8. Lead efforts to assess the utility and necessity of infection-related technologies, including special dressings and catheters.  
9. Enter <Insert Infection Name> data into the <Insert Project Name> program’s central database to ensure accuracy, focused analysis, and data integrity.  
Current as of December 2012
Internet Citation: Infection Checklist: CUSP Toolkit. December 2012. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/education/curriculum-tools/cusptoolkit/toolkit/infectionprevchcklst.html