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2018 AAHA Infection Control, Prevention, and Biosecurity Guidelines

A veterinary team’s best work can be undone by a breach in infection control, prevention, and biosecurity (ICPB). Such a breach, in the practice or home-care setting, can lead to medical, social, and financial impacts on patients, clients, and staff, as well as damaging the reputation of the hospital.

Objectives

Objectives of the AAHA 2018 Infection Control, Prevention, and Biosecurity Guidelines.

Client education

Educating clients on the importance of regular visits to their veterinarian and appropriate preventive measures, such as vaccination, endo- and ectoparasite control, and good overall health of their pets, is the best way to prevent the spread of disease.

Resource center

Resources for veterinary teams for building infection control, prevention and biosecurity protocols.

Staff training

Education and training of the veterinary practice team is an integral part to any successful ICPB program. Numerous studies have demonstrated decreases in HAIs after some form of educational or training program was completed.

Summary

Without effective ICPB practices implemented in the primary care and referral settings, the clinician’s efforts at disease prevention and treatment are compromised and, in some cases, nullified. Because many pathogens in the hospital environment have zoonotic potential, barriers to human exposure to animal pathogens in a clinical setting also serve to safeguard public health. Taken together, the consequences of ICPB have profound implications for clinical practice and should be of high priority.

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