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Clin Infect Dis. 2009 Jun 1;48(11):1585-95. doi: 10.1086/598974.

Resources for infection prevention and control on the World Wide Web.

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  • 1Wayne State University School of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, Michigan 48202, USA. ljohns14@hfhs.org


This review summarizes infection prevention resources on the Internet. Web sites are presented in 8 categories: guidelines, policies, and regulatory bodies; health care-associated infection and multidrug-resistant organisms; surveillance, reporting, and initiatives; antibiotic use; employee health; long-term care facilities; facility and environmental infection control; and professional societies, educational opportunities, and listserves. For example, links to the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program and National Healthcare Safety Network reports are provided among resources for infection surveillance, reporting, and initiatives. A link to guidelines for infection prevention in health care workers is listed with other information regarding employee health. The Web address for the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America guidelines for infection control in long-term care facilities is listed with resources for long-term care facilities. Guidelines for construction and environmental services are summarized with other information regarding facility and environmental infection control. This review summarizes the most useful and up-to-date infection prevention resources on the Internet and will simplify the search for pertinent information.

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