Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology

Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology / 2001 / Article

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Volume 12 |Article ID 826915 | https://doi.org/10.1155/2001/826915

Lindsay E Nicolle, "Infection Control in Acute Care Facilities: Evidence-Based Patient Safety", Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology, vol. 12, Article ID 826915, 2 pages, 2001. https://doi.org/10.1155/2001/826915

Infection Control in Acute Care Facilities: Evidence-Based Patient Safety

Abstract

Infection control in acute care facilities has a noble history. These programs were born of the nosocomial penicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus outbreaks in the post-World War II era. Over the past four decades, an impressive body of evidence has emerged that documents the effectiveness of infection control programs and systematically evaluates specific program components. Fumigation, tacky floor mats, shoe covers and 'reverse' isolation have disappeared. They are replaced by focused surveillance programs, prophylactic antimicrobial therapy, outbreak investigation and control, routine barrier practices and molecular typing of organisms for epidemiological analysis.

Copyright © 2001 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


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