PS 203: Partnering to Heal: Teaming Up Against Healthcare-Associated Infections
Please note: This course was renumbered on August 15. Its previous title was PS 201: Partnering to Heal: Teaming Up Against Healthcare-Associated Infections.

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) hosted materials are available free of charge on the HHS website at Please note that you do not need an IHI Open School subscription to access the Partnering to Heal course.

Partnering to Heal: Teaming Up Against Healthcare-Associated Infections is a computer-based, interactive learning tool for early-career clinicians, health professional students, patients, and visitors on preventing healthcare-associated infections. The training video was created by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), in consultation with subject matter experts from various disciplines and sectors, as well as patient advocates, as part of a wider effort that works closely with public and private sector partners to improve the quality, safety, and affordability of healthcare for all Americans.

The dramatization is intended to increase awareness of the risks of healthcare-associated infections and the opportunities for preventing such infections. It is not intended to reflect common clinical care. Certain scenes demonstrate a worst-case scenario of how lapses in medical judgment, communication, teamwork, and attention to infection control practices might impact patient outcomes. The intent is to provide a training tool for use by health professionals, students, patients, and their families about patient safety concepts, rather than provide an accurate or comprehensive depiction of conditions caused by specific pathogens.

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This interactive video, authored in part by Vet-Work Learning Solutions, Inc., was funded in whole or in part by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under U.S. Government contract HHSP233200900228A.

Note: This course is not required for the Basic Certificate of Completion

Continuing education credits are not available for this course.
Estimated Time of Completion: 2 hours
Type of Activity: Knowledge
Release Date: 7/21/2011
Last Update Date: 7/21/2011
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Course Objectives
After completing this course, you will be able to:
1. Identify when and how to speak to colleagues and other providers about safety practices and improvement efforts.
2. Explain the role of the patient and family in preventing healthcare-associated infections.
3. Identify effective methods to communicate the importance of safety practices.
4. List at least three approaches to working with those skeptical about the importance of safety practices and improvement efforts.
Continuing Education
International General 0.00 Credit hours

In support of improving patient care, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
You must be a registered user to take this course.
You must complete all the lessons within this course and achieve a minimum score of 75% in order to receive credit for the course.