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Ten years' German Protection against Infection Act : Evaluation of the implementation of infection control visits in the ambulatory medical setting.
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PMID:  23322151     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
In 2001, the German Protection against Infection Act came into force, implementing a variety of new regulations. For the first time, obligatory infection control visits of the public health departments in surgical ambulatory practices were implemented, as well as optional infection control visits in all medical, dental and paramedical practices using invasive methods. Based on the data of the public health department of the city of Frankfurt am Main, Germany, an evaluation of this new regulation is given in this paper. First, prioritization of these new tasks was mandatory. First priority was given to the obligatory visits in surgical practices, second priority to the hygiene visits in practices performing endoscopy in gastroenterology as well as in urology and in practices of traditional healers, and third priority was given to all other doctors' practices. After receiving preliminary information and further training of the doctors etc., the control visits were performed by members of the public health department, using a checklist based on the guidelines of the German Commission on Hospital Infection Prevention ("Kommission für Krankenhaushygiene und Infektionsprävention"). Since 2001, more than 1100 infection control visits in medical practices in Frankfurt am Main were documented. Not only in surgical, but also in gastroenterological and urological practices great improvement could be achieved, regarding not only hand hygiene and reprocessing surface areas, but especially in reprocessing medical devices. In practices for internal medicine and those of general practitioners, errors in hand hygiene, skin antiseptic and surface disinfection also decreased. According to our results, especially regarding the improved quality of structure as well as quality of process and with regard to the public discussion on this hygiene topic, our evaluation is absolutely positive. The new regulation proved worthwhile.
U Heudorf; T Eikmann; M Exner
Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-1-17
Journal Detail:
Title:  Bundesgesundheitsblatt, Gesundheitsforschung, Gesundheitsschutz     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1437-1588     ISO Abbreviation:  Bundesgesundheitsblatt Gesundheitsforschung Gesundheitsschutz     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
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Created Date:  2013-1-16     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101181368     Medline TA:  Bundesgesundheitsblatt Gesundheitsforschung Gesundheitsschutz     Country:  -    
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Languages:  GER     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Abteilung Medizinische Dienste und Hygiene, Amt für Gesundheit Frankfurt am Main, Breite Gasse 28, 60313, Frankfurt am Main, Deutschland,
Vernacular Title:
Rückblick auf 10 Jahre Infektionsschutzgesetz : Evaluation der Einführung der infektionshygienischen Überwachung ambulanter medizinischer Einrichtungen.
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