Infection Prevention & Control

Preventing Antimicrobial Resistance

What is Infection Prevention & Control?

Wound infections are a result of a disrupted host–bacteria relationship in traumatized tissue. If left untreated, a wound infection has the potential to not only trigger a systemic reaction (sepsis), but also to hinder the numerous processes involved in the planned evolution of normal wound healing. Infections are often combatted effectively with the use of antimicrobials, however the more antimicrobials are used the chance of the patient developing a resistance longer term greatens. Implementing effective infection prevention and control plays a critical role in preventing antibiotic resistance and the long term health of our patients.

Infection Prevention

Seven Principles of Infection Control

Hand Hygiene
Personal Protective Equipment
Respiratory Hygiene
Sharps Safety
Safe Injection Practice
Sterile Instruments and Devices
Clean and Disinfected Environmental Surfaces
Patient Leaving Hospital

Keep Informed. Take Care.

Infection Prevention and Control saves millions of lives each year.

Risk Factors for Surgical Wound Infections

  • Diabetes

  • Emergency procedures

  • Smoking

  • Severe obesity

  • Altered immune function

  • Malnutrition

  • Low body temperature

  • Long operation times

Hand Washing