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The Joint Commission has mandated that hospitals monitor the rates of infection in their facilities and have steps in place to reduce its occurrence. This program begins with a discussion of each of the links in the Chain of Infection, followed by the components of an assessment to determine a patient’s risk for infection. This includes risks related to age; stress level; diagnostic procedures to be performed; nutritional status; mental health status; medical treatments including medications that are already underway; the type of illness; preexisting conditions; skin integrity; and the potential for or existence of latex allergy. The risk to the nurse is also discussed. It concludes with a discussion on becoming “asepsis conscious” plus necessary information to be provided to hospital visitors regarding infection prevention.
1. Describe each of the links in the Chain of Infection.
2. List criteria to be included in an evaluation of an individual’s possibility of having or acquiring an infection.
3. Discuss the concept of “asepsis consciousness.”
4. Delineate specific steps staff can utilize to prevent infection from occurring or spreading.
5. Teach visitors the use of basic hand hygiene before and after each visit.
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