Understanding Infection Prevention & Control

Author: Shaheen Mehtar


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  • ISBN: 9780702180590
  • Author: Shaheen Mehtar
  • Publ Date: 2010-02-01
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  • Pages: 432
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  • Status: ACT
  • ID - 7035

Table of Contents :

Infection Prevention & Control; Introduction to Microbiology; Decontamination of Medical Devices; Risk Management in Infection Prevention & Control; Hospital Design; Support Services; Communicable Disease Control; Gathering & applying information in IPC.


Infection prevention and control play a significant part in containing the spread of disease. Increased resistance to antimicrobials and the rapid spread of communicable diseases such as tuberculosis, swine flu, SARS and avian flu has highlighted the need for good IPC measures in both the healthcare setting and at home. This is a comprehensive compendium of IPC processes that can be applied to all countries. The text embraces the recent developments and recommendations in IPC from international authorities, such as the World Health Organization. It is an ideal study and teaching tool and will serve as a reference book for healthcare systems planners who wish to understand IPC and strengthen systems.

Author Biography:

Professor Shaheen Mehtar is an internationally recognised expert in the field of infection control. She currently heads up the Unit for Infection Prevention and Control at Tygerberg Hospital and Stellenbosch University. Her passion for IPC has resulted in the development and growth of a post graduate diploma in IPC (PDIC), a diploma in Decontamination Sciences, as well as several basic education and training programmes in Africa. She has served on the executive committees of the Hospital Infection Society (UK), International Federation of Infection Control (IFIC), British Society of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (BSAC) and the European Society of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases. She currently serves on several WHO committees relating to IPC and is the current Chair of the newly formed IPC Africa Network (IPCAN).


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