Infection Prevention and Control: Institutional Infection Prevention and Control - Minnesota Dept. of Health

Infection Prevention and Control

Infection prevention and control is required to prevent the transmission of communicable diseases in all health care settings. Infection prevention and control demands a basic understanding of the epidemiology of diseases; risk factors that increase patient susceptibility to infection; and the practices, procedures and treatments that may result in infections.

The risk of acquiring a healthcare-associated infection is related to the mode of transmission of the infectious agent (e.g. CDI, SSI, CRE, MRSA, etc.), the type of patient-care activity or procedure being performed and the underlying patient's host defenses. Healthcare workers should be vaccinated against preventable diseases such as hepatitis B. Personnel at risk for exposure to tuberculosis should be screened per recommendations.

Updated Wednesday, 02-Feb-2022 13:52:14 CST