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​​​Infection prevention and control measures aim to protect those who might be vulnerable to acquiring an infection, both in the general community and while receiving care due to health problems. The basic principle of infection prevention and control is hygiene (World Health Organization definition, 2015).

You can successfully prevent and control infection with these five evidence-based infection control strategies:

  • Establish an aggressive hand hygiene ​program
  • Clean and decontaminate the environment and equipment
  • Implement contact precautions for any patient infected or colonized with a superbug
  • Perform methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus screening surveillance on admission and at other times
  • Regularly report superbug infection rates to frontline and hospital leaders

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