Crossinfection

• Inform the Infection Control nurse should cross-infection arise with more than one patient infected by the same strain of bacteria.

• Affected patients should generally be source isolated, especially if the organism is multiresistant; treated with antibiotics and topical antiseptics if necessary; and barrier-nursed.

• If cross-infection persists/spreads, other sources should be sought, e.g. taps, sinks, reusable equipment (rebreathing bags, ventilators).

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