Nebraska ICAP (Infection Control Assessment and Promotion Program) is supported by the Nebraska DHHS HAI (Healthcare Associated Infections) Program via a CDC grant. The project is a result of a partnership between University of Nebraska Medical Center/ Nebraska Medicine and Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services HAI Program. It serves as a statewide infection prevention and control resource for all healthcare facilities in Nebraska. ICAP offers no cost, peer-to-peer infection control assessments and recommendations. ICAP team includes experienced infection preventionists, infectious disease trained medical directors, and professional educators.
ICAP team has already visited over 100 facilities in the state of Nebraska. They visit only those healthcare facilities who invite them. Nebraska ICAP assessments are friendly and educational. The visits have no negative regulatory consequence, but should help facilities feel more prepared for a regulatory visit. The goal is to help all the healthcare facilities improve their infection prevention and control infrastructure by providing easy access to subject matter experts and other resources.
During the last couple of years Nebraska ICAP team has made numerous recommendations and developed several tools to help healthcare facilities strengthen their infection prevention and control program. Recently, ICAP has launched a new website that compiles some of the more commonly used tools and recommendations from their visits. These resources are now available to all healthcare facilities without any charge.
According to Dr. Muhammad Salman Ashraf, an Associate Professor in the division of Infectious Diseases at UNMC, who is also the medical director for Nebraska ICAP, healthcare facilities and healthcare workers including infection preventionists can now visit ICAP website (https://icap.nebraskamed.com) and find answers to many of their day-to-day questions. They are also encouraged to contact ICAP team if they are unable to find what they are looking for and the ICAP team will make every possible effort to help them.
Infection preventionists from all healthcare facilities are welcomed to join Nebraska ICAP email distribution list, free of charge, by sending a request via email to Nebraska ICAP Administrative Sr. Assistant, Sue Beach at firstname.lastname@example.org . Nebraska ICAP will use the email distribution list to keep everyone informed of important ICAP related events and will alert everyone when new tools and resources are posted online.