Staff Education Tool: Computer-Based, Video-Simulation Training Program on Infection Control Practices From HHS

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has developed a free, computer-based, video-simulation training program on infection control practices for healthcare organizations, clinicians, health professional students and patient advocates.


The program, called "Partnering to Heal," highlights effective communication about infection control practices and ideas for creating a culture of safety in healthcare institutions.


Users assume the identity of characters in the simulation and make decisions as each of those characters. Based upon their decisions, the storyline branches to different pathways and patient outcomes.


The training focuses on prevention of surgical site infections, central line-associated bloodstream infections, ventilator-associated pneumonia, catheter-associated urinary tract infections, Clostridium difficile and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). In addition, it includes information on basic protocols for universal precautions and isolation precautions to protect patients, visitors, and practitioners from the most common disease transmissions.


The training can be used by organizations for groups of staff members in facilitated sessions and by individuals as a self-paced learning tool.


Learn more about the Partnering to Heal training program.


Start the simulation by clicking here.


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