Outpatient Settings Infection Prevention Manual

Ambulatory or outpatient care is defined as services provided in facilities "where patients do not remain overnight, including hospital-based outpatient clinics, non-hospital based clinics and physician offices, urgent care centers, public health clinics, imaging centers, oncology clinics, ambulatory behavioral health and substance abuse clinics, physical therapy and rehabilitation centers." 

Infection Control Consulting Services (ICCS) provides a fully inclusive infection prevention manual and program developed for outpatient settings which follows the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Guide to Infection Prevention for Outpatient Settings: Minimum Expectations for Safe Care, updated in 2016. The guide is based primarily upon elements of standard precautions and represents the minimum infection prevention expectations for safe care in ambulatory care settings.

The ICCS Outpatient Settings Infection Prevent Manual is customized for individual facilities. It includes written infection prevention policies and procedures based on CDC/HICPAC (Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee) guidelines, regulations and standards. The Manual also includes, but is not limited to:

  • Program overview/oversight
  • Infection control committee (if applicable)
  • Infection control personnel responsibilities
  • Surveillance
  • Reporting communicable diseases to regulatory agencies
  • Standard precautions
  • Hand hygiene
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Patient care equipment
  • Environmental control
  • Linen
  • Respiratory hygiene program
  • Transmission-based precautions:
    • Contact
    • Droplet
  • Education
  • Bloodborne pathogen exposure control
  • Employee health
  • Visitors
  • Cleaning and disinfection of patient equipment (under separate cover)
  • Competencies/checklists

To learn more about the ICCS comprehensive outpatient care infection prevention manual and program, contact us today.