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Infection Prevention and Control Issues in the Environment of Care, 3rd Edition

Infection Prevention and Control Issues in the Environment of Care, Revised 3rd Edition

November 2015; Revised 2017. 178 pages.

$75.00 - $85.00
Product Description

Product Description

It’s a sobering fact: Millions of patients in health care organizations around the world develop infections during their stay. Each year, a significant number of them die as a result of those health care–acquired infections (HAIs).

An organization’s physical environment is inextricably linked to its ability to prevent and control infection. A well-designed, thoughtfully managed environment is the foundation upon which most infection control activities are built.

The revised third edition of Infection Prevention and Control Issues in the Environment of Care provides information on how to minimize or eliminate infection risks in all health care settings, in the United States and abroad. Specifically, this book helps organizations do the following:

  • Understand the connection between The Joint Commission and Joint Commission International standards for infection control and those for the physical environment
  • Stress the role of leadership in supporting collaboration between clinicians and environment of care professionals to make infection control an organizationwide effort
  • Focus on staff issues associated with infection control in the environment of care, including hand hygiene and sharps management
  • Ensure proper cleaning, disinfecting, and sterilizing of medical and surgical items
  • Address the role of utilities to support infection control, particularly those related to air and water quality
  • Tackle infection control needs in environmental services and laundry operations as well as regulated medical waste disposal
  • Conduct preconstruction risk assessments and design facilities for infection control
  • Focus on emergency management issues related to infections, including infectious disease outbreaks
  • Use performance improvement and measurement to track, share, and apply data on infection control

This book will help your organization develop or improve an infection control program that will protect patients, staff, and visitors from the threat of HAIs.

The revised third edition has been updated to reflect the 2012 Life Safety Code®.

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