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CDC Seeks to Improve Ambulatory Care Safety

Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, July 14, 2011

Among its recommendations, the guide calls for outpatient practices to ensure that at least one individual with specific training in infection control is on staff or regularly available and that this person should help develop an infection control policy that is in writing.

A qualified infection control specialist should "have regular communication with healthcare providers to address specific issues or concerns."

This individual should be involved in developing a written infection control policy and have regular communication with health care providers to address specific issues or concerns.

Many of the guidelines sound basic, such as a recommendation that the outpatient setting assure sufficient supplies to adhere to hand hygiene protocols and personal protective equipment, and should provide infection prevention education and training to all healthcare providers.

But the CDC's document goes into more detail with the topic of injection safety, calling for more attention to increasing the percentages of people receiving vaccinations against hepatitis B and implementation of safety devices designed to reduce the risks of injuries from needlesticks is needed.

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