APIC urges patients to inquire about IC practices

OSHA Healthcare Connection, March 17, 2009

With CDC reports pointing out infection control gaps in ambulatory settings, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) has published "Reduce Your Risk of Infection Before an Ambulatory Procedure," a tip sheet for patients and providers.

The document guides patients in a discussion with their providers on infection control concerns such as pre-surgical antibiotics, safe infection practices, surgical site preparation, maintaining normal body temperature, hand hygiene, use of protective apparel, glucose control, and other factors relating to infection prevention, according to a March 10 APIC announcement.

To help answer some of these potential patient questions and assess practices in your facility, see the infection control downloads by opening the Tool tab at the OSHA Healthcare Advisor.



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