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National Infection Prevention and Control Strategic Framework March 2020

Republic of South Africa Department of Health Country Resources General Health Strategies and Plans South Africa 1 March 2020 Policy document

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The purpose of this document is to outline the strategic framework to prevent, reduce and control the development of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) and antimicrobial resistance (AMR), ultimately improving patient safety and health outcomes. This document is aligned to the Guidelines for the Prevention and Containment of AMR in South African Hospitals (2018)11 produced by the Ministerial Advisory Committee on AMR. The objectives of the strategic framework are to: Establish and strengthen IPC programmes at national, provincial, district and health facility level including emergency medical services (EMS); Prescribe the development and implementation of national IPC guidelines; Ensure that the IPC programmes are led by IPC-trained professionals; Ensure that health workers are trained on IPC; Improve HAI surveillance as required by the national DOH; Adopt multimodal improvement strategies for implementation of the strategic framework; Monitor and evaluate the implementation of the strategic framework; Provide regular feedback as part of quality improvement; Optimise the built environment and ensure the continuous availability of essential materials and equipment needed to support implementation of effective IPC measures towards improving patient safety and health outcomes.


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