Author – Linda Brixey, RN
President of the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing (AAACN)
I am excited the CDC is continuing to develop additional tools and resources for infection control. As the president of the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing (AAACN), I can reassure you these resources are useful for our members.
A guide specific to the ambulatory care setting encourages nurses to take a stand regarding infection control and provides evidence-based information that helps define the processes and procedures that help protect patients and the health care team.
Ambulatory care nurses like those in our organization work in various roles and settings. The CDC’s guide will be useful for all ambulatory care nurses as we work to minimize or eliminate the risk of health care associated infections, making infection prevention a priority.
The guide makes it clear that infection control and prevention are important components of ambulatory care. Too many times you hear "those are for hospitals: or “that is just for large facilities." The topic divisions allow those developing a program to have a template or tool kit that will produce a strong infection control plan for any size organization. The links throughout the guide also allow the reader to obtain more in-depth information on topics of greater concern for individual organizations.
Many ambulatory care settings are not designed to implement transmission-based precautions. The guide provides direction and resources so that, as new facilities are designed or old ones remodeled, infection control measures can be incorporated into architectural planning.
We encourage the ambulatory nursing community to ensure these recommendations are used in their practices so each patient is protected by these basic – but critical – measures.