Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc.
(APIC): organization with members including nurses, epidemiologists, physicians, quality and patient safety professionals, healthcare executives, microbiologists, clinical pathologists, laboratory technologists and public health practitioners who share the mission to improve health and patient safety by reducing risks of infection and other adverse outcomes.

American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP): a data collection mechanism that allows participating hospitals to improve surgical care by collecting and analyzing clinical outcomes data.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ): The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is the Nation’s lead Federal agency for research on health care quality, costs, outcomes and patient safety. A core mission of AHRQ is to improve the safety of healthcare for all Americans by supporting researchers and research networks, projects that test and evaluate successful methods (translating research into practice) and Evidence-based Practice Centers as well as translating the recommendations of the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force into resources. The Surgical Unit-based Safety Program (SUSP) is a project funded by AHRQ to noticeably improve clinical outcomes, patient safety and teamwork culture in surgery.

Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths (RID): a not-for-profit educational campaign committed to correcting the problem of preventable hospital infections.

Duke Infection Control Outreach Network (DICON): a Duke University Medical Center (DUMC) program that exists to advance efforts that improve quality of care, enhance patient safety, and minimize costs associated with nosocomial and community-acquired infections by using evidence based approaches to infection control. DICON offers access to experts in infection control, opportunities to share successful programs, refined data analysis and metrics, and extensive educational initiatives related to infection prevention.

Consumers Union - Safe Patient Project: a campaign focused on eliminating medical harm, improving FDA oversight of prescription drugs and promoting disclosure laws that give information to consumers about health care safety and quality.

Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC): a federal advisory committee made up of 14 external infection control experts who provide advice and guidance to the CDC and the Secretary of the HHS regarding the practice of health care infection control, strategies for surveillance and prevention and control of health care associated infections in United States health care facilities. One of the primary functions of the committee is to issue recommendations for preventing and controlling health care associated infections in the form of guidelines, resolutions and informal communications.

Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA): physicians, scientists and other health care professionals who specialize in infectious diseases sharing the mission to improve the health of individuals, communities and society by promoting excellence in patient care, education, research, public health and prevention relating to infectious diseases.

Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI): An independent not-for-profit organization helping to lead the improvement of health care throughout the world by working to accelerate improvement by building the will for change, cultivating promising concepts for improving patient care and helping health care systems put those ideas into action.

Project JOINTS (Joining Organizations IN Tackling SSIs): an initiative funded by the Department of Health and Human Services to spread evidence-based practices for the prevention of SSIs after hip and knee replacement. The IHI provided Project JOINTS participants with free tools like the Enhanced SSI Prevention Bundle, as well as state-specific coaching and faculty support, including surgeon-to-surgeon conference calls.

The Joint Commission: An independent, not-for-profit organization that accredits and certifies more than 19,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. The Joint Commission's mission is to continuously improve health care for the public.

  • The Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare (The Surgical Site Infection Project): In August 2010, the Center for Transforming Healthcare launched its fourth project (in collaboration with ACS) which aims to reduce surgical site infections in patients having colorectal surgery and colorectal procedures. The ACS’s NSQIP surgical outcome data expertise is guiding the SSI project’s data collection and analysis. The results of the Colorectal Surgical Site Infection Project showed an overall reduction of SSI over the 2.5 year span of the project, which translates to more than $3.7 million in cost savings across the 7 participating hospitals.
  • National Patient Safety Goals: In 2002, the Joint Commission developed the National Patient Safety Goals program to help accredited organizations address specific areas of concern for patient safety, including preventing SSI.

Michigan Surgical Quality Collaborative (MSQC): An alliance of 34 Michigan hospitals seeking to improve surgical care throughout the state through surveillance, analysis, sharing information and identifying best practices.

National Quality Forum (NQF) - Patient Safety: a non-profit organization of a variety of healthcare stakeholders aimed to improve the quality of American healthcare by building consensus on national priorities and goals to improve performance as well as the standards for measuring and reporting it.

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI): an independent, non-profit organization established through the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, will conduct research to provide information about the best available evidence to help patients and their health care providers make more informed decisions.

Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA): an organization with members in all branches of medicine, public health and healthcare epidemiology sharing in the mission to prevent and control healthcare-associated infections and advance the field of healthcare epidemiology

Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP): a national quality partnership of organizations interested in improving surgical care by significantly reducing surgical complications. The Steering Committee is made up of 10 national organizations:

  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
  • American College of Surgeons (ACS)
  • American Hospital Association (AHA)
  • American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)
  • Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN)
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
  • Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
  • Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)
  • Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO)

Review the HHS Monitoring Progress Toward Action Plan Goals for SCIP.

Surgical Care and Outcomes Assessment Program (SCOAP): a physician-led, voluntary collaborative in Washington creating a surveillance and response system for surgical quality and potential cost savings. The more than 50 participating hospitals strive to improve quality by reducing variation in process of care and outcomes.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

    1. Decrease preventable hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) by 40% by the end of 2013. For SSI, the goal is to reduce preventable SSIs by 20% by the end of 2013.
    2. Decrease preventable complications during a transition from one care to another by 20% by the end of 2013.
  • Partnering to Heal: a computer-based, interactive infection control training tool for clinicians, health professional students and patient advocates