An online learning centre to educate hospital employees on how to prevent the transmission of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) has been launched by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).

The APIC Healthcare-Associated Infections Elimination Library will provide evidence-based infection elimination guidelines and case studies in an interactive way, APIC said.

The first of the six online courses to be launched is on how to take measures to reduce the spread of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in hospital settings.

The courses include additional focuses on catheter-related bloodstream infections, catheter-associated urinary tract infections, C. difficile, surgical site infections and ventilator-associated pneumonia.

APIC has partnered with HealthStream, a provider of research and learning solutions for the healthcare industry, to create this learning platform.

Every year about 99,000 deaths occur due to HAIs in the US.