Infection Prevention for the Emergency Department: Out of Reach or Standard of Care?

Stephen Y. Liang, Madison Riethman, Josephine Fox

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The emergency department (ED) presents unique challenges to infection control and prevention. Hand hygiene, transmission-based precautions, environmental cleaning, high-level disinfection and sterilization of reusable medical devices, and prevention of health care–associated infections (catheter-associated urinary tract infection, ventilator-associated pneumonia, central line–associated bloodstream infection) are key priorities in ED infection prevention. Effective and sustainable infection prevention strategies tailored to the ED are necessary and achievable. Emergency clinicians can and already play an invaluable role in infection prevention.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)873-887
Number of pages15
JournalEmergency Medicine Clinics of North America
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 2018


  • Catheter-associated urinary tract infection
  • Central line–associated bloodstream infection
  • Emergency department
  • Environmental cleaning
  • Hand hygiene
  • Infection prevention
  • Ventilator-associated pneumonia


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