Chicago's HAI/AR Unit commits to continued detection and response to antibiotic-resistant infections in healthcare settings.
CDPH Healthcare Associated Infections / Antimicrobial Resistance (HAI/AR) Unit
The HAI/AR Unit will continue to conduct onsite investigations and provide technical assistance to Chicago providers to mitigate gaps in infection control. The HAI/AR Unit will leverage surveillance data for public health response and train healthcare staff across the continuum of care in core antimicrobial stewardship principles and appropriate antimicrobial use. The HAI/AR Unit commits to work with state, local, academic, and clinical partners to establish regional standards for infection control and antimicrobial stewardship best practices to reduce the emergence and spread of multi-drug resistant bacteria.
Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest public health challenges of our time. In 2013, CDC published a comprehensive analysis outlining the top 18 antibiotic-resistant threats in the U.S., titled Antibiotic Resistance Threats in the United States, 2013 (AR Threats Report). The report sounded the alarm to the danger of antibiotic resistance, stating that each year in the U.S., at least 2 million people get an antibiotic-resistant infection, and at least 23,000 people die.
Useful HAI Links And Documents
State of HAIs within Illinois
Review reports on HAI rates within Illinois hospitals in addition to quality and safety data, nurse staffing, patient satisfaction and costs of services. The statewide initiative to control HAIs is outlined in the Illinois Action Plan to Prevent Health Care Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance.
"Day in the Life of an Infection Preventionist" Workshop
"Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection" Workshop
How do I assess infection control within my own facility?
The Infection Control Assessment Tools were developed to assist in assessing infection prevention practices and guide quality improvement activities (e.g., by addressing identified gaps). These tools may also be used by healthcare facilities to conduct internal quality improvement audits.
The Chicago Health Alert Network (HAN) is CDPH's primary method of sharing information about urgent and emerging public health situations with Chicago healthcare facilities, clinicians, laboratories and partner agencies.
XDRO (extensively drug resistant organisms) registry improves inter-facility communication; healthcare facilities can query the XDRO registry to see whether a patient has been previously reported as CRE or C. Auris positive. The first CRE or C. Auris positive culture per patient stay must be reported to the XDRO registry.
The inter-facility infection prevention transfer form was developed as part of a regional effort to improve communication between acute and long-term healthcare facilities. The purpose of the form is to convey information about a patient’s isolation precautions and the reason for their implementation to the receiving facility. The sending facility should record current infection and colonization information. The form is not intended to be a comprehensive documentation of microbiologic history and does not replace a review of medical records and communication between care providers.
Please fill out this form and send it with all patients being transferred between facilities, regardless of whether or not they require isolation.
Overview of HAIs
Below is some essential information from CDC on infections associated with invasive devices and procedures. Additionally, it is important to be aware of specific organisms and diseases often associated with healthcare settings.
Click here for more information on Antimicrobial Stewardship!
High acuity long-Term care facilities
Chicago facilities with the ability to provide long-term care for patients requiring mechanical ventilation
Long-term acute care hospitals
Patients who need to be in intensive care for an extended time are often transferred to a long-term care hospital to continue that care. The list below includes Chicago facilities that offer this level of care:
Kindred Chicago Central Hospital - 4058 West Melrose Street Chicago, IL 60641
Kindred Chicago Lakeshore - 6130 North Sheridan Road Chicago, IL 60660
Kindred North - 2544 W Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
RML Specialty Hospital - 3435 W Van Buren St, Chicago, IL 60624
Skilled nursing facilities able to provide ventilator care
Patients who require ongoing ventilator support may be housed in skilled nursing facilities with respiratory therapy support and ventilator units. The list below includes Chicago facilities that offer this level of care:
Alden Lakeland Rehabilitation & Health Care Center- 820 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago, IL 60640
Carlton at the Lake Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center - 725 W Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL 60613
GlenCrest Nursing & Rehabilitation Centre - 2451 W Touhy Ave, Chicago, IL 60645
WarrenBarr South Loop Nursing & Rehabilitation Centre - 1725 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60616
Care capacity may change over time. Page updated on 4/29/2019.
Project Firstline is a CDC effort that aims to provide engaging, innovative, and effective infection control training for millions of frontline U.S. healthcare workers as well as members of the public health workforce.