Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) to reduce the spread of SARS-CoV-2.

In modern medicine, infection prevention and control (IPC) measures in health-care settings are of central importance to the safety of patients, health-care workers and the environment, and to the management of communicable disease threats to the global and local community. Application of basic IPC precautions, such as Standard Precautions, is a cornerstone for providing safe health care. In an era of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, IPC in health care is as important now as ever. The management of COVID-19 is no exception. Because many symptoms of COVID-19 is nonspecific, the application of IPC measures for COVID-19 in health care can be fraught with difficulty and confusion, especially in outbreaks where resources may be strained. Yet such measures, including early identification, prompt isolation precautions, proper patient placement and adequate ventilation, are essential to contain and mitigate the impact of pathogens that may constitute a major public health threat.

Digital Health technologies, used for Infection Prevention and Control

IPConnect

A digital tool by University Resarach Co., LLC (URC)

Risk assessment tool

Risk assessment and management of exposure of health care workers in the context of COVID-19

Social distancing as preventive measure

References:

WHO [Infection prevention and control of epidemic- and pandemic-prone acute respiratory infections in health care – https://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/handle/10665/112656/9789241507134_eng.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y]

WHO [Risk assessment and management of exposure of health care workers in the context of COVID-19 – https://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/handle/10665/331496/WHO-2019-nCov-HCW_risk_assessment-2020.2-eng.pdf]