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Infection control practices in health care settings
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INFECTION CONTROL PRACTICES IN HEALTH CARE SETTINGS
Ira Shah [MD, DCH (Gold Medalist), FCPS, DNB]
Consultant Pediatrician, Mumbai
Address for Correspondence:
1/B Saguna, 271/B St. Francis Road, Vile Parle (W), Mumbai 400056.
Health care personnel who may come in contact with patients suffering from H1N1 influenza should take precautions when dealing with suspected cases. They should wear proper masks for prevention of transmission of infection.
Health care personnel at medium -high risk
These persons should wear complete protection equipment including masks (N-95), gloves, protective eye wear (goggles), hair covers, boot or shoe covers and gown or apron.
• Medical and nursing staff involved in clinical examination at airport and quarantine centre
• Medical personnel involved in sample collection
• Rapid response Team while transporting or attending suspect case in the ambulance
• Health staff involved in managing a suspect case at the health facility
• Staff handling dead body of a suspect/ probable/ confirmed case
How to wear the protective gear?
After a thorough hand wash, wear the gown, followed by goggles, shoe cover, head cover, face mask and finally gloves.
How to remove the protective gear?
Remove gown followed by gloves. Wash hands thoroughly and then remove head cover, face mask
(by grasping elastic behind ears – do not touch front of mask)
and goggles and again wash hands thoroughly. After leaving the room, again wash hands thoroughly
Health care personnel at low-medium risk
These persons will only need a three layered surgical mask.
• Paramedical staff involved in public health screening at the airports.
• Immigration and other ground staff at the airport
• Passengers in the same row, three rows in front and three layers behind a suspect case
• Health workers involved in surveillance
• Rapid response Team during supervisory field operations
• Security personnel involved in quarantine, social distancing measures, law and order maintenance
• Personnel providing essential services
• Close household contacts of a suspect/ probable/confirmed cases
Rapid response Team would consist of a Clinician/ Chest Physician, Epidemiologist, Public Health Specialists, Microbiologist / Virologist
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