Safety Teams and Organizational Structure
    Access to Information
    Facility Expectations
    Engagement of Patient/Client/Resident and Family


ACT NOW! Antibiotic Stewardship Call to Action

Leadership support is recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as one of the core elements of antibiotic stewardship. Lean about Minnesota’s five-year antibiotic stewardship strategic plan and demonstrate your commitment to antibiotic stewardship by completing CHAIN’s call to action. More information

Healthcare-Associated Infection (HAI) Road Map

HAI Road Map coverThe Road Map to a Comprehensive Healthcare-Associated Infection (HAI) Prevention Program provides evidence-based recommendations and standards for Minnesota hospitals to develop comprehensive HAI prevention programs. The road map reflects published literature and guidelines by relevant professional organizations and regulatory agencies, as well as identified best practices.

The road map's targeted infections:

  • Catheter associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI)
  • Central line associated blood stream infections (CLABSI)
  • Surgical site infection (SSI)
  • Clostridium difficile infection (CDI)

The road map helps your organization assess issues related to the following components of your HAI program:

  • Safety teams and organizational structure
  • Access to information
  • Facility expectations
  • Engagement of patient/client/resident and families
  • Hand hygiene
  • Transmission - transmission-based isolation precautions
  • Antimicrobial stewardship program
  • Injection practices
  • System wide environmental cleaning and disinfection

Welcome to the CHAIN Website

Chain participants, please share your tools and resources to contribute to this site. Sharing knowledge will help us all provide better care to people in Minnesota. Send us your tool and resource suggestions. Together, we can reduce HAI rates.

Hospital NHSN User Group Conference Calls

The National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) is a secure, internet-based surveillance system open to all types of health care facilities in the U.S. The Hospital NHSN User Group provides a venue for discussion of NHSN use within acute care and critical access hospitals. More information

News and Events

Lake Superior QIN events

We offer a number of additional training and events through our regional Medicare Quality Improvement Program work. See listings and find details on the Lake Superior QIN website.

2018 CHAIN Fall Conference

Wednesday, September 26

12:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Earle Brown Heritage Center

The Minnesota Collaborative Healthcare-Associated Infection Network presents the 2018 CHAIN Fall Conference. Join us to learn about the latest evidence-based approaches for reducing and preventing healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) in Minnesota. More information

2018 CHAIN Award for Excellence Call for Nominations

CHAIN is excited about this year’s CHAIN Award for Excellence program to commend health care teams that have done great work to reduce the incidence of HAIs or combat antibiotic resistance. We encourage health care leaders and staff from across care settings to submit nominations by completing a brief online submission. Nominations for the award will be accepted through August 3.

Award winners will be recognized on September 26, at the CHAIN Fall Conference.

More information

Highlighted Resources

CDC Vital Signs Video: Making Health Care Safer: Stop the Spread of Antibiotic Resistance. This video spotlights how adopting a coordinated approach where multiple facilities in an area work together to improve infection control, enhance stewardship activities, and share information, can reduce the spread of antibiotic-resistant infections and protect patients.

Wash Tumbs poster


Handwashing Poster: Don’t Forget Your Thumbs. Poster reminds staff and visitors to wash their hands completely to avoid passing germs. (1-page PDF)




Stop Infections from Lethal CRE Germs Now

Read CDC’s Vital Signs for new information on carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae (CRE), a lethal group of bacteria that are highly resistant to antimicrobials.

Also read recommendations for CRE prevention in acute care and long-term care settings from the Minnesota Department of Health: Minnesota Targets Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae. Minnesota is one of the Emerging Infections Program (EIP) sites that has developed and carried out active CRE surveillance.

CHAIN develops and helps carry out effective approaches for reducing and preventing healthcare-associated infections (HAI) in Minnesota.

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