6 Strategies to Prevent Multidrug-Resistant Organism Outbreaks
New England Journal of Medicine.
"Reliable adherence to basic infection control practices is the key to interrupting transmission in our hospitals," the authors wrote. They suggest six strategies healthcare facilities can use to prevent MDRO outbreaks.
1. Follow hand hygiene guidelines.
2. Thoroughly clean and disinfect the environment.
3. Adhere to best practices for invasive devices, such as central venous catheters.
4. Embed major tenets of antimicrobial stewardship into routine frontline work to reduce antibiotic use.
5. Use screening media to quickly identify patients colonized with MDROs.
6. Create a "cordon sanitaire," or quarantine line, to identify and isolate patients transferred from other hospitals or chronic care facilities, especially when they are transferred from facilities known to have problems with specific MDROs.
More Articles on Infection Control:4 Safe Injection Best Practices
Patient Safety Tool: Medication Disposal Guide
Patient Safety Tool: 4 Posters on Safe Injection Practices From CDC
© Copyright ASC COMMUNICATIONS 2014. Interested in LINKING to or REPRINTING this content? View our policies by clicking here.
New From Becker's Infection Control & Clinical Quality
QI projects at ASCs: What do they look like today?Read Now
- Medicare inspections & survey readiness: Key concepts for success
- Streamlining the Life Safety Code® Survey
- International Anesthesia Research Society to issue $1.3M+ in research awards in 2015
- Top 10 common physician credentialing mistakes ASCs make
- Financial leadership playbook: The essential skills for a CFO in gastroenterology