Infection Prevention and Control Teams
One of the key groups in a hospital is the Infection Prevention and Control team. Raising awareness of good hand hygiene compliance, training healthcare workers on the importance of good practice to reduce the risk of infection, ensuring infection control protocols are implemented and coordinating the response to suspected infectious pathogen outbreaks can all be in a day's work.
The risk from community-based pathogens entering the healthcare environment is continual. So maintaining a strong culture of infection risk awareness and rapid isolation/segregation of potentially infected patients complemented by regular cleaning protocols that use technology proven to eradicate a wide range of bacteria, viruses and moulds is essential. This becomes even more important following the discharge of a previously infected patient, prior to the admission of a new patient into the room, bay or ward.