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About Us

ICAP (Infection Control Assessment and Promotion Program) is supported by the Nebraska DHHS HAI/AR Program via a CDC grant. ICAP offers no cost, peer-to-peer infection control assessments and recommendations. Our team includes experienced infection preventionists, infectious disease trained medical directors, and professional educators. Please ask any questions you have about our program or infection control and prevention.

Our Story

We began visits in the fall of 2015. More than 155 sites have been visited across the state of Nebraska and the team has traveled more than 38,000 miles to date. This model is unique in bringing experienced “outside eyes” to individual hospitals, long-term care centers, dialysis centers and outpatient/surgery centers in a peer-to-peer, non-regulatory format. ICAP offers resources (including educational program presentations) to mitigate any gaps identified during the assessment. You can request a visit from our team. Evidence-based best practices are shared on site, through this website, and through confidential communication after on-site assessments.

The staff links healthcare facilities across Nebraska with the latest research and best practices in infection prevention and control. Sites which have been visited have found the information useful in preparation for regulatory surveys. Our team actively supports educational programs focused on building infection prevention and control infrastructure both locally and nationally. Nebraska ICAP uses the data collected to analyze the infection control gaps. Trends can be reviewed via our publications and presentations ICAP partners with ASAP, the Nebraska Antimicrobial Stewardship Assessment and Promotion Program, to help sites develop programs for reducing unnecessary antibiotic use with the ultimate goal of preventing antibiotic resistance.

Visits to Nebraska healthcare facilities since 2015 have provided valuable data and information shared nationally by Nebraska ICAP and ASAP. Follow this link to view posters and presentations addressing healthcare gaps and needs discovered during our visits across the state.

History

 

Nebraska ICAP (ICAP) was created due to CDC Infection Control Assessment and Response (ICAR) Activity from 2015-2018.

  • ICAP started in 2015 with the ELC Grant born from Ebola Response and included funding and technical support to state and local health departments.
  • ICAP represents an Academic-Public partnership to combine resources and expertise to meet the needs of healthcare facilities. 
  • ICAP has grown from 2 Infection Preventionists and 1 Medical Director to 8 of each.

Funding

 

Nebraska ICAP is funded by the Nebraska DHHS Healthcare Acquired Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance (HAI-AR) Program via grants from the CDC.  These grants are:

  • Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity for Prevention and Control of Emerging Infectious Diseases (ELC)
  • ELC Enhanced Expansion
  • ELC Firstline IPC Training Supplement (Project Firstline)
  • ELC Enhancing Detection Through Coronavirus Response and Relief (CRR)
  • Strengthening HAI/AR Program Capacity Guidance (SHARP)

Collaborations

 

Nebraska ICAP collaborates with many stakeholders interested in the prevention of HAI. These include but are not limited to (list as above). 

  • CDC
  • Nebraska DHHS
  • HAI/AR, Oral Health, Healthcare licensure) 
  • Professional Support Associations 
  • UNMC/ Nebraska Medicine

Future of ICAP

As we continue to grow and build our team we will look for opportunities to support the facilities of Nebraska with Infection Control Support and education  

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