As clinical staff, patient safety is always top of mind. The resources below will build on your knowledge of why ventilation is critical to the health care environment and equip you with the essentials of what you need to know about airflow and negative pressure rooms to keep you, your patients and your colleagues safe.


Inside Infection Control vlog series

Check out the new Inside Infection Control vlog series where CDC discusses critical infection control topics every frontline health care worker needs to know. The short CDC videos feature Dr. Abby Carlson, an infectious diseases doctor with experience on the frontlines of COVID-19 and a Project Firstline staffer. Additional videos are available on Facebook and YouTube.


Additional Resources

Coming Soon

ASHE is developing a series of informational videos for clinicians on infection prevention and ventilation covering the following topics:

  • Can I increase ventilator capacity during an emergency?
  • Can we disinfect the air in a patient room with Ultraviolet light (UV) technology?
  • Do recommendations for air circulation and ventilation change during cold winter months?
  • Don’t turn it off! The use of portable HEPA machines
  • I’m a patient, what should I look for when I walk in an exam room to know it’s safe?
  • OSA vs. Recirculation – why it’s important for infection control
  • Patient turnover is high on some units, how much time is needed between discharge or transfer and admittance into a patient room?
  • What about ventilation? (How is this applied in settings where windows and doors cannot remain open?)
  • What is a negative pressure ante-room? (Why and when they are needed; how they are created)
  • What is an A.I.I. room? What is the difference from other room types?
  • What is negative pressure – what does it do (and not do)?
  • Why are temperature and humidity important for the patient healing environment?

Project Firstline | CDC's National Training Collaborative for Healthcare Infection Prevention & Control

The Project Firstline program is a national training collaborative led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in partnership with the American Hospital Association and the Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET), an AHA 501(c)(3) nonprofit subsidiary.

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Project Firstline is a national collaborative led by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide infection control training and education to frontline healthcare workers and public health personnel. AHA is proud to partner with Project Firstline, as supported through Cooperative Agreement CDC-RFA-OT18-1802. CDC is an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The contents of this webpage do not necessarily represent the policies of CDC or HHS, and should not be considered an endorsement by the Federal Government.