The consistent use in the practice setting of standard precautions – work practices that achieve a basic level of infection control – protects both patients and staff. The use of appropriate precautions and a good medical handover help prevent dissemination of infection from patients into hospitals. It is important that a good history, including travel and previous healthcare exposure, is taken at every consultation. Knowledge and awareness is the key: in order to triage patients presenting to the general practice, it is imperative that GPs stay up to date with information regarding emerging infectious diseases and infections with multiresistant organisms. Environmental cleaning and good practice design help prevent infection transmission.
Modern Medicine – Aug/Sept 2018