Infection Prevention and Control and Preparedness for COVID-19 in Healthcare Settings: Fifth Update   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Key Messages: "Healthcare facilities, including long-term care facilities (LTCFs), should apply several types of measures to minimise the risk of transmission of COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019]. The mainstays of infection prevention and control (IPC) in all healthcare facilities are administrative measures, physical distancing, hand hygiene and the appropriate use of personal protective equipment (PPE). Administrative measures decrease the opportunities for transmission within healthcare facilities and diminish the risk of outbreaks. In areas with community transmission of COVID-19, staff, visitors and patients should apply physical distancing, hand hygiene and respiratory hygiene, and wear face masks when physical distancing is not possible. Healthcare facilities should ensure that PPE is available and appropriately used to safeguard those providing patient and resident care. [...] Due to the large impact of COVID-19 in LTCFs, it is essential that national measures are prioritised in these facilities to shield residents and prevent outbreaks."

2020 European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control
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