From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, June 15, 2012

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Joint Commission launches HAI portal
Nursing professional development (NPD) specialists are always on the lookout for ways to facilitate infection control education. On April 2, 2012, the Joint Commission enterprise launched a healthcare-associated infections (HAI) electronic portal. The portal, accessible at, offers an extensive array of resources. A joint effort of the Joint Commission enterprise, which includes the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare, Joint Commission Resources, and Joint Commission International, its goal is to "provide an integrated 'kiosk' of HAI resources-including those that are free and for purchase-in one organized area that is accessible through any of the Joint Commission related websites."

The HAI Portal's information is organized into three categories: HAI topics; infection prevention and control, and HAI information related to specific accreditation programs. The information provided on this portal is easily accessible and quite helpful as a resource when developing infection control education.

Joint Commission. (2012). News release April 2, 2012. The Joint Commission Enterprise Launches HAI Portal.