2018 AAHA Infection Control, Prevention, and Biosecurity Guidelines*

12 de fevereiro de 2020

Diretrizes de Controle, Prevenção e biossegurança para 2018 da AAHA

Autores

Jason W. Stull, Erin Bjorvik, Joshua Bub, GlendaDvorak, Christine Petersen, Heather L. Troyer

Abstract

A veterinary team’s best work can be undone by a breach in infection control, prevention, and biosecurity (ICPB). Such a breach, inthe practice or home-care setting, can lead to medical, social, andfinancial impacts on patients, clients, and staff, as well as damagethe reputation of the hospital. To mitigate these negative outcomes, the AAHA ICPB Guidelines Task Force believes that hospitalteams should improve upon their current efforts by limiting pathogen exposure from entering or being transmitted throughout thehospital population and using surveillance methods to detect any new entry of a pathogen into the practice. To support theserecommendations, these practice-oriented guidelines include step-by-step instructions to upgrade ICPB efforts in any hospital,including recommendations on the following: establishing an infection control practitioner to coordinate and implement the ICPBprogram; developing evidence-based standard operating procedures related to tasks performed frequently by the veterinary team(hand hygiene, cleaning and disinfection, phone triage, etc.); assessing the facility’s ICPB strengths and areas of improvement;creating a staff education and training plan; cataloging client education material specific for use in the practice; implementing asurveillance program; and maintaining a compliance evaluation program. Practices with few or no ICPB protocols should beencouraged to take small steps. Creating visible evidence that these protocols are consistently implemented within the hospitalwill invariably strengthen the loyalties of clients to the hospital as well as deepen the pride the staff have in their roles, both of whichare the basis of successful veterinary practice

Palavras-chave

Controle de infecção, prevenção, biossegurança

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