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Infection Control Made Easy
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IC Made Easy: Your Key to Understanding Infection Prevention and Control

A practical introduction to infection prevention and control (IC) concepts, containing hands-on strategies for complying with key infection prevention and control standards and related requirements.

Release Date: February 15, 2019. 196 pages.

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Product Description

Product Description

IC Made Easy: Your Key to Understanding Infection Prevention and Control is just that—it makes the complex topic of infection prevention and control easy to understand for beginners as well for those who need a refresher and/or reference to the basic concepts.
IC Made Easy is a basic, practical guide for infection preventionists, clinicians, accreditation professionals, and other health care professionals who need to understand how to comply with Joint Commission Infection Prevention and Control (IC) standards and related requirements including National Patient Safety Goals and Leadership and Environment of Care standards.  This book also briefly covers comparable Joint Commission International (JCI) infection prevention and control requirements.   It provides an overview of the entire accreditation process, which is useful for those new to either Joint Commission or JCI accreditation.
In addition to accreditation requirements, the book delves into critical IC topics—key issues that all health care professionals must understand beyond the need for accreditation compliance. The book clearly explains hot topics such as the following:
  • Proper procedures for cleaning, disinfecting, and sterilizing medical equipment
  • Strategies to prevent health care-associated infections such catheter-associated urinary tract infections, surgical site infections, and central line-associated infections
  • The perennial challenge of consistent hand hygiene among staff
  • Strategies for dealing with an influx of infectious patients
  • Preventing and controlling infections in the environment of care and more  
Key Topics
This title is designed to help readers understand the following:
  • Infection prevention and control concepts that underlie Joint Commission and Joint Commission International (JCI) standards and other requirements
  • The Joint Commission and JCI accreditation process, including the onsite survey and tracer methodology
  • Patient safety systems and structures that lay the foundation for effective infection prevention and control
  • Strategies not only to comply with relevant accreditation standards but that also improve the quality and safety of patient care
Key Features
  • Practical strategies for complying with key Joint Commission and JCI standards and related requirements 
  • Downloadable tools that you can use in your own organization
  • Simple, colorful, easy-to-read format
  • Infection preventionists/infection prevention and control practitioners in all health care settings who need a comprehensive, easy-to-understand overview of accreditation requirements in IC
  • Both beginners and seasoned professionals alike who need a basic, easy-to-understand overview and guide to the complex concepts of infection prevention and control
  • Health care providers—nurses, physicians, and others on the front line of care—who need a better understanding of infection prevention and control and how they can contribute to safer patient care 
  • Health care leadership—chief medical officers, chief nursing officers, quality improvement professionals, accreditation professionals, and others—who need a comprehensive overview of the main tenets of effective infection prevention and control in health care organizations
  • U.S. and international health care professionals
Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Draft Table of Contents
  • The Big Idea
  • This Book Is for You
  • This Book Is for All Settings
  • This Book Focuses on the Basics
  • Book Organization and Format
Part I: Build a Solid Foundation
Chapter 1: Understand The Joint Commission Accreditation Process
  • Get Ready for Survey
  • The Joint Commission’s Survey Process
  • Tracer Methodology
  • The SAFER Matrix
  • After the Survey
  • Tools of the Trade 
Chapter 2: Prioritize Patient Safety
  • Responsibility for Infection Prevention and Control 
  • Key Staff and Organizations 
  • Role of Leadership 
  • Safely integrate technologies 
  • Tools of the Trade
Chapter 3: Make a Plan and a Program
  • Gather Resources 
  • Identify and Assess Risk 
  • Establish Goals 
  • Take Action 
  • Be Prepared
  • Implement Your Plan (IC.02.01.01)
  • Tools of the Trade
Part 2: Comply with Infection Prevention and Control Standards and Goals 
Chapter 4: Prevent Transmission of Infections 
  • Use Caution: Prevent Exposure 
  • Standard precautions
  • Safe use of sharps
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Respiratory hygiene
  • Transmission-based precautions
  • Vaccinations 
  • Meet Hand Hygiene Guidelines 
  • Tools of the Trade
Chapter 5: Prevent Health Care–Associated Infections 
  • Prevent Multidrug-Resistant Organism Infections 
  • Prevent Central Line–Associated Blood Stream Infections 
  • Prevent Surgical Site Infections 
  • Prevent Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections 
  • Strategies for Compliance
  • Risk assessment
  • Staff education
  • Patient and family education
  • Surveillance
  • Data collection and reporting 
  • Implement evidence-based practices
  • Effective policies and practices
  • Tools of the Trade
Chapter 6: Provide Safe Medical Equipment, Devices, and Supplies 
  • Categorization of items to be reprocessed based on infection risk
  • Common risks associated with cleaning, disinfection, and sterilization failures
  • Strategies for preventing or mitigating risk
  • Tools of the Trade
Chapter 7: Manage IPC in the EC
  • Manage Infection Risks in Utility Systems 
  • Establish a Safe Environment 
  • Assess Infection Risk during Demolition, Renovation, and Construction 
  • Tools of the Trade
Chapter 8: Evaluate and Improve
  • Evaluate your Performance 
  • Data use in infection prevention and control
  • Drive Improvement 
  • Tools of the Trade


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