Welcome to Maine's Infection Prevention Forum

This is your home for the latest infection prevention courses and resources for health care and direct care workers.

Course content developed by the State of Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) and the Federal CDC as part of their Project Firstline Initiative. Additional content and funding provided by the State of Maine’s Maine Quality Forum (MQF) and the University of Southern Maine. 

Core Infection Preventionist Training Program

This 8-hour course provides instruction on the use of standard precautions, droplet and airborne precautions, and when to use each. It will demonstrate proper hand hygiene and provide information about employing personal protective equipment for infection prevention.
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~ New ~ Respiratory
Viral Season Resources

Stay current with these resources during the respiratory viral season that is upon us. Even more to come soon.
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Antimicrobial
Stewardship Links

It is important to understand the role of antibiotics and other antimicrobials in treating infections. Go to the full page of links, webinars and documents
Links, Webinars and Documents

New Carbapenemase
(CPO)Training Series

CPOs and ME: A Series of Trainings The Maine CDC offers a continuing series for providers and practitioners caring for patients at risk of CPO infection.
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Project Firstline Trainings and Resources

New Translated E-Learning
Infection control education for healthcare workers should be accessible and easy to understand. Project Firstline offers educational materials and resources that provide CDC infection control training for frontline healthcare workers.
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Full Resource
Library

The Infection Prevention Forum has developed a library of resources for professionals and the public in a variety of topics and settings. The hope is to have a curated list of documents and websites easily searchable
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Plain Language Patient Education Resources

Handouts and documents that are clear, concise, organized, and appropriate for the intended patient audience.
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Allied Health Professions Student Resources

Allied Health Professions Student Resources is the excellent list of information for students entering the field of healthcare.
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The Latest News and Information

Enroll Now for Program on Improving Antibiotic Use in Telemedicine

The AHRQ Safety Program for Telemedicine: Improving Antibiotic Use is recruiting primary and urgent care practices and retail clinics that use telemedicine for a no-cost, 18-month national program to strengthen antibiotic prescribing practices. The program will begin in June and provide expert coaching to promote sustainable improvements and improved patient satisfaction through actionable, evidence-based guidance. Participants may receive continuing education credits, continuing medical education credits and American Board of Internal Medicine Maintenance of Certification points through live and/or self-paced materials.

Access the program portal to enroll or register for one of several brief informational webinars.

Animated Video Educates Patients on Pneumococcal Vaccine

This newly released two-minute animated video by IPRO Pro QIN-QIO (a Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization, under contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) educates people about the importance of receiving the pneumococcal vaccine.

Download it and share with patients, community members, family members and visitors to your facility.