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Hospital and community infection prevention and control (IPC) 

Hospital and community infection prevention and control (IPC)

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Hospital and community infection prevention and control (IPC)
Author(s):

Paul Shears

, Andrea Ledgerton

, and Rita Huyton

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198745471.003.0018
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date: 27 May 2017

This chapter outlines the key principles of infection prevention and control (IPC) in both hospital and community settings. This includes understanding the structures surrounding infection prevention and control in these two different environments. It outlines some of the practical components including hand hygiene, infection surveillance, personal protective equipment, decontamination, and policies and guidelines. The chapter also covers the investigation and management of clusters/outbreak, and provides an outline of situations that require local health protection team input. Finally, the interface between community and hospital IPC is discussed, along with the importance of providing a seamless IPC service in all geographical areas.

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