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Guide to Infection Prevention for Outpatient Settings: Minimum Expectations for Safe Care


This summary guide for health care personnel discusses recommendations for lowering the frequency of and preventing infection in outpatient (ambulatory care) settings. The guide distills existing infection prevention guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC).

This summary guide:
  1. Provides basic infection prevention recommendations for outpatient settings
  2. Reaffirms Standard Precautions as the foundation for preventing transmission of infectious agents during patient care in all health care settings
  3. Provides links to full guidelines and source documents, which readers can reference for more detailed background and recommendations
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID), Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion (DHQP)

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This tool is derived from the following guideline in the National Guideline Clearinghouse: Guideline for isolation precautions: preventing transmission of infectious agents in healthcare settings 2007. Standard precautions.:


  • Release Date: 05/2011
  • Original Summary: 05/2012
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Last updated: November 21, 2012.