Infection Prevention in the Emergency Department.

Liang, Stephen Y; Theodoro, Daniel L; Schuur, Jeremiah D; Marschall, Jonas (2014). Infection Prevention in the Emergency Department. Annals of emergency medicine, 64(3), pp. 299-313. Elsevier 10.1016/j.annemergmed.2014.02.024

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Infection prevention remains a major challenge in emergency care. Acutely ill and injured patients seeking evaluation and treatment in the emergency department (ED) not only have the potential to spread communicable infectious diseases to health care personnel and other patients, but are vulnerable to acquiring new infections associated with the care they receive. This article will evaluate these risks and review the existing literature for infection prevention practices in the ED, ranging from hand hygiene, standard and transmission-based precautions, health care personnel vaccination, and environmental controls to strategies for preventing health care-associated infections. We will conclude by examining what can be done to optimize infection prevention in the ED and identify gaps in knowledge where further research is needed. Successful implementation of evidence-based practices coupled with innovation of novel approaches and technologies tailored specifically to the complex and dynamic environment of the ED are the keys to raising the standard for infection prevention and patient safety in emergency care.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Review Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Haematology, Oncology, Infectious Diseases, Laboratory Medicine and Hospital Pharmacy (DOLS) > Clinic of Infectiology

UniBE Contributor:

Marschall, Jonas

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

0196-0644

Publisher:

Elsevier

Language:

English

Submitter:

Annelies Luginbühl

Date Deposited:

09 Oct 2014 10:21

Last Modified:

19 Oct 2015 11:13

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.annemergmed.2014.02.024

PubMed ID:

24721718

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.51658

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/51658

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