Draft Guideline Addresses Infection Control in Healthcare Personnel
CDC recently published a draft guideline intended to facilitate the provision of occupational infection prevention and control services to healthcare workers and prevent transmission of infections between healthcare personnel and others. The draft guideline updates parts of the agency’s 1998 Guideline for Infection Control in Healthcare Personnel and covers several new topics, including administrative support and resource allocation for occupational health services; oversight by OHS leadership; and the use of performance measures to track occupational infection prevention and control services. The draft guideline was developed by the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee, which advises CDC on strategies for surveillance, prevention, and control of healthcare-associated infections, antimicrobial resistance, and related events.  According to CDC, the draft guideline addresses needs related to the growing diversity in models for providing occupational infection prevention and control services in healthcare settings; helps OHS personnel meet new regulatory requirements and standards; and provides guidance on how to measure performance and improve the quality of occupational infection prevention and control services. The draft guideline, Infection Control in Healthcare Personnel: Infrastructure and Routine Practices for Occupational Infection Prevention and Control Services, is available as a PDF. A public comment period is open until Dec. 14, 2018. For more information, visit Regulations.gov. To view CDC’s 1998 Guideline for Infection Control in Healthcare Personnel, visit the CDC website.
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