Best practice for infection control: COVID-19 and beyond

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The Covid-19 pandemic has brought infection control into sharp focus. Many of the measures taken to halt the spread of Covid-19 (particularly hand hygiene and personal protective equipment/PPE) will have also been effective against hospital acquired pathogens. However, the risk from hospital acquired infections (HAIs) will still be with us once the pandemic recedes. Practices should therefore take the time to establish effective infection control measures that will protect their patients, owners and staff. It is important to understand the most likely organisms in each practice and how these can spread in the environmental and be transmitted between animals and humans. Essential tasks include establishing an infection control team, using effective hand hygiene, cleaning and disinfection, have high quality facilities and equipment, optimising procedures and care, using clinical audit, and practicing antimicrobial stewardship.

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