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EQuIP for Washington Critical Access Hospitals


Paula Parsons
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Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) have unique needs. The Infection Preventionist (IP) is often appointed to the role with limited training, wears many hats, has few internal resources and is often the only infection control resource for the whole community.

The EQuIP (Education, Quality, and Infection Prevention) Program’s purpose was to equip staff in small, rural, and critical access hospitals to improve quality and safety through education, support, and access to customizable tools, templates, sample policies, and other resources.

It provided web-based learning modules, access to experienced Infection Preventionists and mentors, collaborative improvement and benchmarking for healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), and downloadable tools, templates, sample policies, and other important resources.

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The EQUIP Program was offered:

  • Basic program management training for IPs new to their role
  • Monthly educational offerings aligned with CBIC/APIC’s Core Competencies in foundational infection control and advanced infection control, quality, and leadership topics
  • On-demand recorded webinars and videos for self-paced, and convenient learning
  • Quarterly conference calls with participating hospitals to foster collaborative learning
  • Mentorship and access to experienced IPs via email, listservs, and discussion boards
  • Customizable templates and tools to support IP work

The EQuIP Program was developed as a joint partnership between Qualis Health (the Washington and Idaho Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization), Washington State Department of Health, Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA), and local chapters of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control (APIC).

For more information, or to enroll, please contact Jason Lempp (whose information is in the right sidebar).