The Department of Health and Human Services has introduced an interactive video simulation-training program to aid in preventing hospital-acquired infections.

The Partnering to Heal program enables simulation users to be one of five characters that can make decisions affecting health risks, then view results of the decisions. The program is appropriate for students, clinicians, other health care personnel and consumers.

"The video teaches viewers how to prevent the most prevalent hospital-acquired infections by sharing knowledge of universal and isolation precautions to take in health care settings," according to an HHS explanation. "The training is designed to increase knowledge, alter attitudes, and shift the behaviors of clinicians and patients by focusing on principles of teamwork, communication, hand washing, flu vaccination, and the appropriate use of antibiotics and medical devices."

The simulation training video is available at

--Joseph Goedert


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