Infection control efforts start with EMS personnel

June 20, 2019

Infection prevention and control efforts can start with emergency transport, according to an article on the Contagion Live website.

During that time, it is the responsibility of emergency medical services (EMS) personnel.

A study found that EMS practiced hand hygiene before patient contact in just 7 percent of assessments but wore gloves in 100 percent of observed interactions. 

High-touch surfaces in ambulances were cleaned after each patient encounter 79 precent of the time and replaced disinfectants and cleaners 89 percent of the time.

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