IPC Standards for Community-Based Orgs V3 EN
HSO’s Infection Prevention and Control Standards for Community-Based Organizations provide a framework to plan, implement, and evaluate effective infection prevention and control activities based on evidence and best practices in the field. The literature shows that well-designed infection prevention and control activities improve client/resident outcomes; help maintain a healthy workforce; and are cost-effective by contributing to fewer health care-associated infections, creating a reduced need for hospitalization, and decreasing treatment for health care-associated infections.
These standards are intended for infection prevention and control activities in a health care setting outside a hospital. For the purpose of these standards, a “health care setting” is any location where health care is provided, including long-term care facilities, residential homes, supportive housing, a client’s home (home care and home support), ambulatory care facilities, clinics, and other locations in the community.
The HSO standards outline the key routine practices and additional precautions for effective infection prevention and control, including:
- Point-of-care risk assessment
- Hand hygiene
- Aseptic techniques
- Personal protective equipment
- Cleaning and disinfection of the physical environment
- Sharps safety
- Safe handling of contaminated items
The Infection Prevention and Control Standards for Community-Based Organizations promote a collaborative approach for protecting the safety of clients/residents and staff, and contain the following sections:
- Planning and Developing Infection Prevention and Control Activities
- Implementing Infection Prevention and Control Activities
- Evaluating the Impact of Infection Prevention and Control Activities
Note on Reprocessing and Sterilization:
The Infection Prevention and Control Standards for Community-Based Organizations include content regarding the reprocessing of medical devices/equipment. This content applies to teams that conduct reprocessing activities outside a specific medical device reprocessing (MDR) department. Reprocessing activities that take place in a medical device reprocessing department are addressed by the Reprocessing and Sterilization Standards.
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