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CDC issues checklist for infection prevention in out-patient settings to accompany new guide

July 13, 2011

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CDC issues checklist for infection prevention in
out-patient settings to accompany new guide





The transition of
healthcare delivery from acute-care
hospitals to outpatient settings, along with
ongoing outbreaks and patient notification
events, highlights the need for greater understanding and implementation of infection prevention guidance in outpatient environments.

In response, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a

checklist
to accompany its concise

Guide to Infection Prevention for Outpatient Settings: Minimum Expectations for Safe Care.

Easy to use guide compiled from existing CDC Guidelines.
The Guide provides outpatient administrators and clinicians with a user-friendly reference guide and checklist tool to ensure infection prevention measures are being met during every patient contact. These guidelines are not new, rather they have been compiled from existing and essential evidence-based recommendations from CDC and the Healthcare Infection
Control Practices Advisory Committee and available in a single, abbreviated document.

Checklist assists with program assessment.

The checklist to accompany the guide can be used to proactively assess infection prevention and control practices.

Specific individual should lead the infection prevention program.

The Guide emphasizes that every outpatient practice should identify at least one individual to serve as a point person for its infection
prevention and control program and outlines key infection prevention policies, procedures and practices that every outpatient setting should have in place to prevent healthcare-associated infections.

Safe medical injection practices must always be followed.

Also highlighted in the Guide is the requirement for
use of aseptic technique when preparing and
administering medications and a reminder that syringes
and needles should not be reused either from patient
to patient or to reenter medication vials.

Additional resources and educational tools.



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