Infection Control

Don't wait for large-scale disasters to put your emergency systems to the test

Briefings on Infection Control, July 1, 2008

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Imagine this scenario: a norovirus outbreak hits your hospital’s psychiatric unit, prompting an emergency evacuation of multiple units and taking weeks to clear the infection out of the facility.

Although you might not consider an event such as this an emergency situation on par with a pandemic flu outbreak or a flood, it certainly feels like a crisis for the facility involved, says Peggy Luebbert, MS, MT (ASCP), CIC, CHSP, owner of Healthcare Interventions, Inc., in Omaha, NE.

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