Infection control in paediatric office settings

Paediatr Child Health. 2008 May;13(5):408-35. doi: 10.1093/pch/13.5.408.
[Article in English, French]


Transmission of infection in the paediatric office is of increasing concern. The present document discusses routes of transmission of infection and the principles of current infection control measures. Prevention includes appropriate office design and administrative policies, triage, routine practices for the care of all patients (eg, hand hygiene; use of gloves, masks, eye protection and gowns for specific procedures; adequate cleaning, disinfection and sterilization of surfaces and equipment including toys, and aseptic technique for invasive procedures), and additional precautions for specific infections. Personnel should be adequately immunized, and those infected should follow work-restriction policies.

Keywords: Ambulatory; Infection control; Infection transmission; Paediatric office.