· Surveillance policy
· Disinfectant & Sterilization policy
· Isolation policy
· Policy for investigation of an outbreak of infection
· Antibiotic policy (including chemoprophylaxis)
The art of medicine becomes science when supported by evidence. The recommended practices of infection prevention are based on scientific and epidemiologic evidence. However, most health care professionals see them as mandates and fail to incorporate them into their routine patient care activities. The core goal of this publication is to link the practices to the principles they are based on. The expectation is that understanding of the principles will change the practices from mandates to "should do" in the minds of health care professionals. This will lead to improvement in health care by preventing unintended harm to patients, co-workers and the communities at large.
At the same time, the text provides a comprehensive, thorough and up to date information on all aspects of infection prevention in a reader-friendly manner and therefore, will serve as a valuable reference.
Table of contents
The Mighty World of Microbes- An Overview.- Vaccinations and infection prevention.- Hospital Infection Prevention Program .- Current practices for infection prevention in the hospital settings.- Hospital Infection Prevention Program.- The Role of Microbiology Laboratory in Infection Prevention.- Role of Antimicrobial Stewardship in Infection Prevention .- A Four step approach to Antibiotic stewardship in India: Formulation of antibiotic policy .- Role of Hospital Housekeeping and Materials Management Including Disinfection and Waste Management .- Hand Hygiene and Personal Protective Equipment .- Decontamination and Sterilization Procedures .- Monitoring of high risk areas - Intensive care units .- Monitoring of High Risk Areas: Operating Suite .- Monitoring of high risk areas: Maternity wards .- Monitoring of High Risk Areas: Cancer wards .- Monitoring of High Risk Areas: Dialysis Units .- Monitoring of High Risk Areas: Burn units .- Infection Prevention for Procedures in wards.