The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has released updated guidelines for the prevention and control of infection in pediatric ambulatory settings, according to an article on the IDSE website.
The guidelines include updates on issues including hand washing and cleaning and safety procedures.
Additional areas not included in the initial version are addressed. The guidelines stress the importance of communication with other healthcare facilities and public health authorities.
The guidelines also address the debate about the use of antibacterial hand soaps, voting against their use. They noted that hand hygiene is “the single most important method of preventing the transmission of infectious agents,” indicate proper techniques to ensure clean hands, and state that most frequently alcohol-based hand rubs offer the most convenient, rapid and effective way to stop germs from spreading.
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