Research for infection protection

Extended Hygiene

In case of a suspected communicable disease, it is imperative to initiate measures that exceed standard hygiene. The objective of these extended hygiene measures always is to prevent (severe) diseases. The protection of patients and employees is of equal value here.

In order to be able to assess what steps are necessary, it is reasonable to perform a risk analysis in advance. The measures derived therefrom should consider factors such as the pathogen’s transmission path, the accommodation of the patient concerned, personal protective equipment, the possibility of vaccinations, and special risk and transmission potentials (1).

Sources:
1) Infektionsprävention im Rahmen der Pflege und Behandlung von Patienten mit übertragbaren Krankheiten Empfehlung der Kommission für Krankenhaushygiene und Infektionsprävention (KRINKO) beim Robert Koch-Institut: Bundesgesundheitsblatt 2015, 58:1151–1170.

Isolation rooms and isolation wards

Isolating patients in isolation rooms or isolation wards is one of the most important extended hygiene measures, because spatial isolation offers a higher level of protection against the transmission of, for example MRSA, 4MRGN...[more]