The Chicago Department of Public Health’s Healthcare Settings Team is reaching out to facilities across the spectrum of care, including federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) within our jurisdiction. Our mission is to provide infection prevention guidance and support that maximizes the delivery of safe care across the city of Chicago in a way that is both equitable and resilient. All our partnerships are constructive and non-punitive, and we work closely with Infection Preventionists, frontline staff, clinical leaders and administrative leadership to provide evidence-based, practical recommendations.
Infection Control Assessment and Response Tools (ICARs)
Purpose: ICAR tools are used to systematically assess a healthcare facility’s IPC practices and guide quality improvement activities (e.g., by addressing identified gaps).
How CDPH can help: The ACHOO team is engaged in comprehensive visits to acute care facilities throughout Chicago, during which they perform ICARs based on the facilities' preferences. Upon concluding an ICAR, the team provides post-report recommendations, equipping these facilities to proactively address any regulatory inspections. It is essential to emphasize that their visits are inherently non-regulatory and non-punitive. Instead, the primary objective is to foster collaboration among departmental teams within each facility and identify areas for enhancement.