How do I limit infection spread in my primary care clinic?

Primary care practices are crowded places, and if proper infection prevention and control (IPC) measures are not taken during the pandemic, they can turn into infection dissemination centers.

IPC requires having the right people, the right guidelines, and the right training, and also using precautions like physical separation and personal protective equipment. The World Health Organization (WHO) and its member states all have guidelines for IPC in healthcare, but these may be impossible to follow in resource-limited settings. The full guidelines are described clearly in the WHO guide “WHO | Minimum Requirements for infection prevention and control (IPC) programmes”; link below. For a list of guidelines by country, including minimum guidelines for LMIC, see the References section (p 53) of that document. Many ideas have appeared online of various degrees of reliability, usefulness, and practicality. Our team is looking at those online resources and has found a few that we feel are the most relaible and practical. All other online resources we found are also listed below.


Triage and separating COVID patients, hand and respiratory hygiene, precautions and PPE for patients and healthcare workers, patient education


These are the TOP resources that our team found

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OTHER RESOURCES

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Limiting infection spread in primary care – OTHER (7)


Sources Searched: WHO and CDC websites, MOHFW of India, relevant sources from those. Eight highly-relevant sources were chosen.

Search Terms: Terms: Infection prevention and control, COVID/coronavirus, outpatient/ambulatory/primary care

Research on coronavirus and COVID-19 is rapidly evolving. This page reflects evidence collected up to May 29, 2020.


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