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It is important to protect yourself, your colleagues, and your patients from SARS-CoV-2 and other infectious diseases. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has formed Project Firstline, a national infection control training collaborative, to provide all health care professionals with foundational knowledge to implement infection control protocols. The AMA is one of the many diverse health care and public health collaborators that is part of Project Firstline.
The CDC created the Inside Infection Control vlog series to share basic ideas behind infection control and how these ideas apply to COVID-19, with the hopes that they can help you as you begin your residency training.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is an important tool for infection control. How well PPE works depends on you. No matter how busy you are, you should take time to use the right equipment, the right way, at the right time.
N95 signifies that a respirator has been tested and approved by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).
"Environmental hygiene" includes the things we do to keep the physical environment clean and safe, and it’s an important part of infection control in health care.
Typically measured by the hour, nearly every room in a health care facility is measured by air exchange--the time it takes for a room’s old air to be replaced with new air.
When entering a room, consider the following:
Germs are more likely to cause problems for patients with weakened immune systems, therefore it is imperative that we keep the health care environment germ-free. Unfortunately, more germs are becoming antibiotic- resistant.
Cleaning removes dirt and some germs from surfaces and objects, while disinfection comes after cleaning and kills germs.
Examples of what/when something should be cleaned and disinfected:
Disinfectants should be registered with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and labeled for a health care setting. Awareness of contact time is key for infection control.
Follow instructions on the label:
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