When healthcare facilities have instituted clear policy and procedure guidelines for personnel, the fear of handling biohazards is lessened through training. Infection prevention and control during pandemics rests heavily in the hands of the operating room, materials management and sterile processing.
These guidelines include step-by-step instructions to upgrade infection control, prevention, and biosecurity efforts in any hospital, including recommendations on establishing an infection control practitioner to coordinate and implement the guidelines; developing standard operating procedures; creating a training plan; and implementing a surveillance program.
According to the study, health care-associated infections can be reduced by 6 percent with just a 10 percent improvement in hand hygiene compliance.
The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) and US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced the availability of free, downloadable Quick Observation Tools (QUOTs) for infection control.
Researchers developed ‘Highlight’ a powder that adds color to bleach to increase its effectiveness as a decontaminant and ensure the safety of health care workers in places affected by infectious disease outbreaks.
Emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases present serious challenges for health care facilities.
This document is the result of a multi-staged process of reviews, discussions and updates of a previous list of core competencies for infection control and hospital hygiene.
APIC’s Annual Conference offers a forum for infection prevention and epidemiology professionals who come to learn about the latest research and science and to discover real-world solutions to challenging infection prevention issues.
This guidance was developed in response to questions about the role of masks for controlling seasonal influenza virus transmission.
This guidance pertains to long-term care facilities - institutions, such as nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities that provide health care to people who are unable to manage independently in the community.