Infection Control Assessment and Response (ICAR)

The Infection Control Assessment and Response (ICAR) Program offers healthcare facilities the opportunity to participate in a consultative review of infection prevention practices.

Different types of healthcare settings including long-term, outpatient, hospital and dialysis

Schedule an ICAR Assessment

What is an ICAR Assessment?

ICAR assessments are:

  • Free of charge
  • Customized to assess infection prevention strengths and opportunities on a variety of infection prevention and control topics
  • Conducted by Infection Preventionists from the Washington State Department of Health that are Certified in Infection Control (CIC)or have received education in infection prevention
  • Focused on education and offer the most up-to-date infection prevention resources

Can my facility get an ICAR?

HAI and COVID-19 ICARs are available for a variety of healthcare settings:

  • Hospitals
  • Long-term care
  • Outpatient
  • Dialysis
  • Dental, TBA
  • Oncology, TBA

What will we get?

Facilities will gain:

  • An in-person assessment that is consultative and non-regulatory
  • Tailored resources, tools, and training
  • Ongoing consultation with an infection preventionist from the Washington State Department of Health
  • A sustainable partnership for ongoing improvement

How long does it take?

The ICAR visits take approximately 2 hours and covers the following topics:

  • Hand hygiene
  • Isolation procedures
  • Environmental cleaning
  • Employee safety
  • Antimicrobial stewardship
  • Injection safety
  • High-level disinfection and sterilization practices
  • Surveillance activities

How to prepare for an assessment

To view a sampling of the great resources provided during ICAR assessments, check out our all-in-one Infection Prevention Resources (PDF).

To prepare for your ICAR assessment, please view our preparations guide




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