Practitioner: Hygiene and Infection Control

Controlling the spread and emergence of drug resistance in the hospital is best administered by an active, coordinated infection control program, which may include targeted cohorting of infected patients, enhanced surveillance, isolation or rigorous barrier precautions, early discharge, and alternations in antimicrobial usage.  However, despite its proven efficacy in containing and preventing additional infections and curbing the associated antibiotic use, infection control is among the slowest disciplines to gain widespread implementation.  Failure to carry out simple infection control practices, such as changing gloves and washing hands, is both dangerous and all too common. In resources-poor regions, this may be due to lack of adequate facilities (e.g., wash basins and clean towels), but more often it stems from failure to recognize its importance, understaffing and/or forgetfulness. 

The resources that follow are meant to give practitioners a greater understanding of the importance of hygiene and infection control and to discuss implementable strategies.

APUA Projects: Hygiene and Infection Control

APUA Newsletters

Other Resources


APUA Projects: Hygiene and Infection Control

APUA Educational Symposium: "Facing the Next Pandemic of Pan-Resistant Gram-negtaive Bacilli"
On September 30, 2004, APUA held an educational symposium preceding the 42nd Annual Meeting of The Infectious Diseases Society of America to present evidence of a possible pandemic resistance to gram-negative bacteria and to help Infectious Disease specialists prepare to prevent and deal with its emergence.

APUA White Paper on Triclosan

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APUA Newsletters

Vol.26 No.2&3 (2008): Infection Control: A Potent Antimicrobial Resistance Containment Strategy

Fact sheet on multidrug-resistant organism (MDRO) transmission & infection control (with the Clorox Services Company):
MDRO Transmission: Important Elements of an Effective Infection Control Program

Fact sheet on C. difficile algorithm

Fact sheet on C. difficile prevention program

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Other Resources

​Articles about the benefit of zinc in children with acute dehydrating diarrhea

Articles about antibacterial household products

The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC)

U.S. Centers for Disease Control

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Dutch Working Party on Antibiotic Policy (SWAB) guidelines

Compendium of Strategies to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections in Acute Care Hospitals

Leadership Responsibilities in HAI Prevention

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