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Ambulatory Care Nurses: Take A Stand Against Infections

Categories: Antimicrobial Resistance, Healthcare-associated infections, Outpatient Care

Linda Brixey, RN

Linda Brixey, RN

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.

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  1. October 12, 2011 at 5:00 am ET  -   Dao thi Uyen

    toolkit infection control is great, it intended to limit the spread of the disease is most serious diseases, hopefully it will be widely adopted around the world for all people to live healthy strength, health guaranteed

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  2. August 17, 2011 at 5:37 am ET  -   Steve

    Thanks a lot Linda for such important health tips……You are really serving people….

    Steve

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  3. August 2, 2011 at 8:27 pm ET  -   anak-nias

    this posting is really very informative and it’s helps more peoples. thats great work ^_^

    Blog Healthcare

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  4. July 22, 2011 at 3:18 am ET  -   poly pipe

    I hope you can continue this type of hard work to this site in future also..Because this blog is really very informative and it helps me lot.

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  5. July 20, 2011 at 6:30 pm ET  -   Michael E. Bailey

    The new toolkit to control/prevent medical facility associated illnesses is a huge leap forward. Especially so since its tools can be used in any size medical facility from a general hospital to a stand alone urgent care, to a dialysis facility, an out patient clinic, or a doctors’ office, all the way up to California’s several large state developmental centers for severely developmentally disabled patients. This is great.

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