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VOLUME 24 , ISSUE S5 ( November, 2020 ) > List of Articles

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Infection Prevention and Control for ICU during COVID-19 Pandemic: Position Paper of the Indian Society of Critical Care Medicine

Jeetendra Sharma, Prashant Nasa, Kesavarapu Subba Reddy, Swarna Deepak Kuragayala, Shikha Sahi, Palepu Gopal, Dhruva Chaudhary, Subhal B Dixit

Keywords : Aerosol, COVID-19, Decontamination, Disinfection, Healthcare workers, Infection control practices, Intensive-care, Quarantine, Specimen, Sterilization

Citation Information :

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10071-23607

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 18-11-2020

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2020; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.


Abstract

Coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) has very high rates of hospital-related transmission among healthcare workers (HCWs), mandating the need for careful intensive care unit (ICU) designing, optimization of staff resources, implementation of vigorous infection control practices, environmental disinfection, meticulous sample collection, and criteria for staff quarantine. Most of the ICUs are not designed to deal with airborne viral infections and require redesigning for the safety of HCWs and patients. Infection control practices related to the prevention of spread of COVD-19 are unique and are well described. The training of staff on infection control practices reduces the infection rate among HCWs significantly. Adequate staffing not only helps in infection control but also prevents burnout of the staff. In case of infection to HCW, the staff must be assessed systematically, and institute\'s infection control committee should guide for isolation period as well as return to work based upon standard recommendations. This article focuses on infection control and prevention measures required in ICU during the COVID-19 pandemic.


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