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Hospital Infection Control : Setting Up a Cost-Effective Programme - Shaheen Mehtar

Hospital Infection Control

Setting Up a Cost-Effective Programme

Hardcover Published: 5th November 1992
ISBN: 9780192622662
Number Of Pages: 204

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This manual is written for hospitals where infection control is in its infancy, and provides clear, practical guidelines on setting up an effective Infection Control Programme. Based on current practices in countries with well-developed programmes, it offers minimal requirements and standards to produce sound policies, emphasizing good practice within the limits of small budgets. The book begins by discussing the cost and method of setting up an Infection Control Committee, and the way in which policies are implemented. It covers disinfection, sterilization, waste disposal, and acceptable recycling of equipment. It advises on the design and running of wards and other hospital units, and discusses practical methods of staff education. The author has wide experience of education in hospitals of underdeveloped countries. Her unique book provides essential advice on establishing good infection practices, and demonstrates how patient care may be optimized with limited resources.

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'This book offers a concise and authoritative insight into the subject of Infection Control ... it successfully explores and covers the vast and varied areas of Infection Control ... this book is an ideal resource for anyone in the process of setting up an Infection Control service and for infection control doctors and nurses who are new in post.' A. Smith, Journal of Medical Microbiology, Vol. 39 (1993) 'a useful summary of nosocomial pathogens, sources of infection, routes of transmission and patient factors increasing infection risk. Especially clear is a concise summary of outbreak investigations, with a description of the steps to follow in a suggested priority order ... this book represents a laudable approach and fills an important gap" Journal of Hospital Infection (1993)

The infection control policy
Nosocomial pathogens
Introductionp. 3
The spread of nosocomial pathogensp. 4
Why do nosocomial infections arise?p. 5
Summaryp. 7
Infection control and management structure
The economics of an infection control programmep. 8
The infection control committee
The role of the infection control committeep. 17
Membership of the ICCp. 17
The infection control teamp. 20
The IC manualp. 22
Establishing an infection control programmep. 22
Summaryp. 25
The policies
Preventive measures
Disinfection policyp. 29
Waste disposalp. 33
Sharpsp. 40
Aseptic procedurep. 42
Sterile services and recyclingp. 56
Recyclingp. 68
Antibiotic policiesp. 72
Dealing with infection
The infected patient
Investigating infectionp. 81
Isolation policiesp. 85
Patients with blood-borne infectionsp. 92
Principles of investigating an outbreakp. 101
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)p. 109
Multiply antibiotic-resistant Gram-negative bacillip. 112
Design of wards and specialized units
General wardsp. 115
Equipment and patient-care articlesp. 118
Intensive therapy unitp. 129
Operating theatresp. 132
Burns unitp. 144
Bone marrow transplant unitp. 148
Other departments
Hotel managementp. 152
Catering, kitchens, and food preparationp. 153
Building and engineering departmentp. 159
Water supply and control of Legionellap. 160
Laundryp. 164
Education and trainingp. 166
Visitors and relativesp. 168
The Occupational Health Departmentp. 170
Health and Safety committeep. 172
Appendix Ap. 174
Appendix Bp. 176
Glossaryp. 180
References and further readingp. 182
Indexp. 187
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ISBN: 9780192622662
ISBN-10: 0192622668
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 204
Published: 5th November 1992
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.0 x 14.6  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.4