Infection Control Breaches Which Warrant Referral to Public Health Authorities
REVISED 10.28.16 ***Additional Information has been added to Breaches to Be Referred. This policy memorandum supersedes policy
memorandum S&C: 14-36-ALL****
• Infection Control Breaches Warranting Referral to Public Health Authorities: If State Survey Agencies (SAs) or Accrediting
Organizations (AOs) identify any of the breaches of generally accepted infection control standards listed in this memorandum,
they should refer them to appropriate State authorities for public health assessment and management.
• Identification of Public Health Contact: SAs should consult with their State’s Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI) Prevention
Coordinator or State Epidemiologist on the preferred referral process. Since AOs operate in multiple States, they do not have
to confer with State public health officials to set up referral processes, but are expected to refer identified breaches to
the appropriate State public health contact identified at: http://www.cdc.gov/HAI/state-based/index.html.