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Infection Prevention in the Emergency Department
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  • Pubmed ID:
    24721718
  • Pubmed Central ID:
    PMC4143473
  • Description:
    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.

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  • Funding:
    5K12HD001459-13/HD/NICHD NIH HHS/United States
    K08 HS18092/HS/AHRQ HHS/United States
    KL2 RR024994/RR/NCRR NIH HHS/United States
    KL2 TR000450/TR/NCATS NIH HHS/United States
    KL2RR024994/RR/NCRR NIH HHS/United States
    KM1 CA156708/CA/NCI NIH HHS/United States
    KM1CA156708/CA/NCI NIH HHS/United States
    R13HS021616/HS/AHRQ HHS/United States
    R18HS020013/HS/AHRQ HHS/United States
    U54 CK000162/CK/NCEZID CDC HHS/United States
    UL1 RR024992/RR/NCRR NIH HHS/United States
    UL1 TR000448/TR/NCATS NIH HHS/United States
    UL1RR024992/RR/NCRR NIH HHS/United States
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