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Core Components for Infection Prevention and Control Programs: A World Health Organization Network Report

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  02 January 2015

Wing Hong Seto*
Affiliation:
Department of Quality and Risk Management, Queen Mary Hospital, Hong Kong
Fernando Otaíza
Affiliation:
Ministry of Health of Chile, Quality and Safety of Health Care, Santiago, Chile
Carmen L. Pessoa-Silva
Affiliation:
World Health Organization, Department of Epidemic and Pandemic Alert and Response, Geneva, Switzerland
*
Department of Quality and Risk Management, Queen Mary Hospital, 102 Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong (whseto@ha.org.hk)

Abstract

Under the leadership of the World Health Organization (WHO), the core components necessary for national and local infection prevention and control programs are identified. These components were determined by a network of international experts who are representatives from WHO regional offices and relevant WHO programs. The respective roles of the national authorities and the local healthcare facilities are delineated.

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Copyright © The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America 2010

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