APIC Produces New Guide for Infection Prevention in Ambulatory Care Centers During Disasters

To help ambulatory care centers protect patients from infection during disasters, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) has released a new guide which is available as a free, online download.

During a disaster, the risk for infection transmission in ambulatory care centers increases, especially if hospitals cannot absorb patient influx and centers need to expand their operations to help address patient surge in the community. Infection Prevention for Ambulatory Care Centers during Disasters provides infection prevention recommendations and resources for the development of an emergency management plan, including recommendations on:

    Operational expansion in the event of patient surges
    Program planning
    Patient scheduling
    Triage and surveillance
    Occupational health issues

"It is important for ambulatory care centers to prepare in advance so that the facility is ready to respond should a disaster occur," said Terri Rebmann, PhD, RN, CIC, lead author of the guide, and associate professor, Saint Louis University, School of Public Health - Institute for Biosecurity. "Infection prevention must become part of daily practice, as well as a component of the emergency management planning and training scenarios for ambulatory care facilities."

APIC Implementation Guides (formerly Elimination Guides) provide practical, evidence-based strategies for surveillance and elimination of infection. Implementation Guides are created to provide infection preventionists with practical, "how-to" information and online tools and resources that encompass the latest research and regulatory requirements. Open access ensures that this information, critical to the care of patients, is available to the widest possible audience.

APIC's mission is to create a safer world through prevention of infection. The association's more than 14,000 members direct infection prevention programs that save lives and improve the bottom line for hospitals and other healthcare facilities. APIC advances its mission through patient safety, implementation science, competencies and certification, advocacy, and data standardization. Visit APIC online at www.apic.org. Follow APIC on Twitter: http://twitter.com/apic and Facebook: www.facebook.com/InfectionPreventionandYou.

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