Empowering everyone in healthcare to prevent infections


The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc (APIC) has developed Quick Observation Tools (QUOTS) for infection prevention. These tools are thematically arranged and designed to be used in a matter of minutes and by anyone working in healthcare today.* Learn More
*The project is funded through a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Contract (#200-2016-89676).

The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc (APIC), is a professional association of infection preventionists (IPs). With more than 15,000 members located throughout the world and in a variety of healthcare delivery settings, APIC’s mission is to create a safer world through the prevention of infection and it advances this mission through patient safety, implementation science, data standardization, advocacy, and IP competency and certification. APIC collaborates with other professional associations, consumer groups, and thought leaders, as well as regulatory and accrediting bodies, to maximize the synergy of shared interests and resources with the goal of improving patient outcomes. www.apic.org.


“…tools sparked some conversation for staff regarding safe patient practices…Staff began to connect the dots that the environment and available supplies support infection prevention behaviors such as hand hygiene.”

— Denise Jimmerson, RN, Infection Preventionist , Central Montana Medical Center

“Rounding with QUOT tools helped to spark collegial conversations about patient safety. Staff had perceived that QUOT tools would be a laborious process, but attitudes changed after using the tools because it took just a few minutes to perform.”

— Ericka Kalp, PhD, MPH, CIC, FAPIC, Director, Epidemiology and Infection Prevention , Summit Health-Chambersburg Hospital

“(I) Recommend using the tool for audits- they are simple to use and help in prepping for surveys.”

— Vicki Brinsko, MSN, RN, CIC, FAPIC, Director Infection Prevention , Vanderbilt University Medical Center