Health Care-Associated Infections

Reporting Health Care-Associated Infections

Reporting Concerns about Infection Control in Medical Facilities

Early reporting of concerns about infection control in medical facilities can help prevent outbreaks of health care-associated infections.

  • If you are concerned about unsafe or improper infection control practices at a medical facility, please with the New York State Center for Consumer Health Care Information
  • To report possible misconduct by a physician, physician assistant, or specialist assistant, contact to file a complaint. For other licensed medical professionals, contact .

Infection Prevention in Outpatient Settings

  • Dedicate staff resources to infection prevention
  • Develop written infection control policies and procedures.
  • Designate one person in your practice to be responsible for ensuring that written policies are followed.
  • Helpful Links:

Infection Prevention in Long-Term Care Settings

  • Best Practices and Good Ideas: A Handbook for Infection Control in Nursing Homes (PDF). A resource for infection preventionists and other nursing home staff to provide a quick review of CDC-recommended best practices for infection control in nursing homes along with implementation resources for infection prevention and control programs. This handbook also includes creative approaches to getting things done that come directly from our nursing home colleagues in NYC.
  • The provides links to infection control guidance and resources for clinicians, infection prevention coordinators, and residents of long-term care facilities

Hospital-Acquired Infections

Mạng danh tiếngHospital-acquired infections are overseen by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH). For more information, please visit the .

Safe Injection Practices

Safe injection practices prevent the spread of bloodborne pathogens.

  • Needles and syringes should be used only once. They should never be used for more than one patient. Never use a previously-used needle or syringe to access a medication vial, and never leave a needle or spike in a medication vial for easy access of syringes.
  • Single-dose vials and IV bags are to be used for only one patient. They should never be shared among multiple patients.
  • Use single-dose vials whenever possible.
  • If multi-dose vials must be used for more than one patient, draw up medication in a clean central location, away from patient care areas.
  • Never use a saline bag for multiple patients.
  • Helpful Links:
    • (One and Only Campaign)
    • (Webinar)
    • (PDF)

Safe Glucose Monitoring

  • Never share fingerstick devices or insulin pens or reuse lancets.
  • Whenever possible, do not share glucometers. Assign each patient a separate glucometer and label it with their name.
    • If a glucometer must be used for multiple patients, clean and disinfect it after every use according to the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Helpful Links:

Safe Food Practices in Health Care Settings

  • Hospitals serve food to vulnerable populations at high risk for complications from foodborne illnesses. Outbreaks of listeriosis and other foodborne illness have occurred.
    • For example, pregnant women, the elderly, and patients immunocompromised from chemotherapy are especially at risk for Listeria.
  • Infection control practitioners should be aware of the risks of foodborne illness among hospitalized patients and should consider implementing food service policies to minimize patients' exposure to foodborne pathogens.
  • Helpful Links:
    • - Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, 2011
    • - Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, 2014

Publications Describing Health Care-Associated Hepatitis B and C Outbreaks in NYC

  • - American Journal of Infection Control, 2012
  • - MMWR, 2012
  • - Gastroenterology, 2010
  • - Control & Hospital Epidemiology, 2005
  • - MMWR, 2003

Preventing Transmission from Health Care Personnel Infected with Bloodborne Pathogens

  • - New York State Department of Health Policy Statement and Guidelines
  • - SHEA Guidelines
  • - Updated CDC Recommendations

Publications Describing Non-Hepatitis Health Care-Associated Outbreaks in NYC

  • - Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, 2010
  • - Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, 2014

Resources for Clinicians Affected by Substance Abuse

  • Physicians and physician assistants:
  • Other Health Care Professionals:
  • Nurses: