Symptoms And Treatment Of Infection Control

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Infection Control
Since the manual handling task requires close contact with the patient, all handlers should follow strict infection control protocols in ICU. A recent study showed that by strictly following infection control protocols the incidence of hospital-acquired infections could be reduced (8). In addition, an observational study concluded that better hospital-wide infection control would reduce the number of MRSA-positive patients admitted to ICU and acquisition of MRSA within ICU (9). Therefore, it is important to minimize the spread of the infection by performing the following aseptic techniques.

Hand washing is the most important methods of preventing the spread of infection (7). Radiographers should wash their hands before and after dealing with each patient they come in contact with. An eight-step hand washing protocol is considered as medically aseptic (7). In addition to hand washing, other standard precautions such as gloving, personal protective equipment, and bio-spills should also be applied in this case (7). For this MRSA patient, contact precautions should be used. All staffs in contact are required to wear gown and gloves, while the cassette should be placed in a protective bag. At the end of the x-ray, antibacterial solutions are used to clean all equipment and surfaces. Professional teamwork is usually required to maintain contact precautions, therefore it is important to acquire assistance of another health care provider (7). In this case, the…
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