Topics Discussed: infectious disease prevention / control.
Sections: Routes of Transmission of Infectious Agents, Hand Hygiene, Design Issues for the Pediatric Office, Bloodborne Pathogens, Reporting Diseases to Public Health Authorities, Office Environment, Cleaning and Disinfection, Isolation Precautions in the Outpatient Setting, Managing Illness in Patients and Staff Members, Summary, References.
Excerpt:"Infection control is a critical component of pediatric practice in the outpatient setting. Children seen in an office for sick visits frequently have infections that may be transmitted to other patients or staff. In addition, as the delivery of complex medical care continues to shift from the hospital to the outpatient setting, careful attention to infection control practices in the office has become increasingly important. Clinicians should understand the epidemiology and modes of transmission of common pediatric infections. In addition, office practitioners must be familiar with regulations that apply to infectious diseases, including requirements for purchasing safety devices for staff, reporting diseases to public health agencies, and cleaning and disinfection in the office environment to prevent the transmission of infections...."
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