Managing infection prevention and control in the emergency care setting: an overview for emergency nurses
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Managing infection prevention and control in the emergency care setting: an overview for emergency nurses

Sarah Curr Lecturer in nursing education, Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery, and Palliative Care, King’s College London, London, England
Edward Baker Consultant nurse emergency care, King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London, England

Why you should read this article:
  • To refresh your foundation knowledge of infection prevention and control practice in the emergency department

  • To familiarise yourself with commonly observed hospital acquired infections and infectious diseases circulating in the wider community

  • To count towards revalidation as part of your 35 hours of CPD, or you may wish to write a reflective account (UK readers)

  • To contribute towards your professional development and local registration renewal requirements (non-UK readers)

The control and prevention of infection in emergency departments (EDs) remains challenging because of the complexity of the environment and the consistently high attendance in many EDs. Emergency nurses play an essential role in infection prevention and control in this clinical area. The COVID-19 pandemic has refocused the need for emergency nurses to have a good knowledge and understanding of infection control processes and the clinical skills to protect themselves and patients alike. This article provides an overview of UK epidemiological perspectives, the main pathogens associated with healthcare infections, the importance of reducing pathogen transmission and the emergency nurse’s role in antibiotic stewardship.

Emergency Nurse. doi: 10.7748/en.2023.e2157

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software

Correspondence

edwardbaker@nhs.net

Conflict of interest

None declared

Curr S, Baker E (2023) Managing infection prevention and control in the emergency care setting: an overview for emergency nurses. Emergency Nurse. doi: 10.7748/en.2023.e2157

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Published posthumously in memory of Sarah Curr

Published online: 04 April 2023

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