Best practices for reducing HAIs in EDs

These projects aim to identify and disseminate best practices for reducing Healthcare Associated Infections in Emergency Departments.

In collaboration with Carlos Camargo, MD, DrPH, of the Massachusetts General Hospital and EMNet, the project will produce the first estimate of infection prevention strategies in emergency departments nationwide.  The project will also identify best practices for infection prevention in use in EDs across the U.S., highlighting how the practices were successfully adopted and sustained into the busy ED environment. Click here to read more about the survey.

Using qualitative research techniques (e.g. in depth interviews and focus groups), this project will aim to identify best practices and the ED’s motivations, barriers, and innovative solutions to implementing the interventions.  Click here to read more about the project.

In addition, based on what we learn, we will develop an implementation toolkit for EDs. Our hope is to publish a toolkit of  best practices so other EDs can improve their own practices. Click here to read the press release.

EDs with innovative infection prevention practices who are interested in sharing their success with the researchers should contact Dr. Schuur at

American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP)

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC)

Emergency Nurses Association (ENA)

The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America