Infection control is actions or measures that can be taken to prevent or minimize the risk of spreading infections. Measures can be as simple as hand washing or more complexed such as the cleaning of surgical equipment. All healthcare settings, regardless of the level of care provided, must make infection prevention a priority. Healthcare professionals and facilities can use the resources and guidance below to further develop infection control efforts.
Infection Control Guidance For Facilities
Personal Protective Equipment
||The basic level of infection control that should be used in the care of all patients all of the time.
||Additional precautions to be used when a patient is known or suspected to have a serious illness that can easily be transmitted by direct patient contact or indirectly through materials that have been in contact with the patient.
||Additional precautions to be used when a patient is coughing or sneezing or when performing procedures that may dispell droplets into the air.
||Additional precautions to be used when a patient is known or suspected to have an illness that is spread through the air or when performing procedures through which organisms can be spread through the air, such as suctioning and intubation.
|Full Barrier Precautions:
||The highest level of infection control that includes standard precautions, contact precautions, airborne precautions, eye and face protection, and shoe protection