Infection Prevention & Control
Infection prevention and control is one of the first topics introduced in nursing programs, yet its main tenets are often lost or forgotten. There has never been a better time to:
- Wash your hands thoroughly and often. See CDC’s Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings https://www.cdc.gov/handhygiene/ for specifics.
- If you are ill, stay home and/or seek health care as appropriate,
- Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue, dispose of the tissue, then thoroughly wash your hands.
- Ensure that you are current on all of your immunizations.
- Always use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) when interacting with patients.
- Remember and follow the hierarchy of controls for occupational hazards. See this link from the CDC for more https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/hierarchy/default.html.
Better health begins with better hand hygiene
We know it but do we practice it? Now is the time to ensure this basic public health tenet. CDC’s Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings website https://www.cdc.gov/handhygiene/ can help.
Update on Coronavirus (COVID-19)
To keep informed on COVID-19, visit the CDC’s dedicated webpages https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html and ANA’s website https://www.nursingworld.org/practice-policy/work-environment/health-safety/disaster-preparedness/coronavirus/.
Nursing Infection Control Education Network
ANA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) partnered with 20 organizations to develop the Nursing Infection Control Education Network (NICE Network). The NICE Network sought to empower nurses to protect themselves and their patients by providing real-time infection prevention and control training to U.S. nurses. The goals of the training programs developed through the NICE Network were to improve adherence to infection prevention and control practices and enhance the confidence of nurses to care for patients with Ebola and other highly contagious diseases.
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