Best Practices in Infection Prevention and Control: An International Perspective, Second Edition, a copublication of Joint Commission International and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA), is an essential infection prevention and control (IPC) resource for health care organizations. This fully updated edition provides thorough analysis of JCI’s and other IPC requirements, as well as case studies, tips, and tools for increasing IPC compliance and patient safety.
Covering best practices in IPC internationally, this book uses examples from various countries. These examples are applicable to settings in any country, including the U.S., since microorganisms travel globally and there are similar issues, problematic organisms, and room for improvement in all IPC programs. The sample tools presented in tables are excellent guides for best practice with topics such as: foodborne illness, healthcare-associated infections, flu vaccine, and antimicrobial stewardship. The two appendixes alone make the book worthwhile - the JCI IPC requirements checklist and the listing of IPC web resources. This is an excellent book!
"This high-quality book presents specific strategies and checklists to guide quality improvement. The daunting requirements of JCI for IPC are presented in an easy to follow checklist, which explains what type of written documentation is needed, if any. This is extremely useful as an excellent resource for guiding IPC programs and readiness for JCI surveys. This second edition expands and updates references and requirements from the first edition. "
-- Kathleen DeRoos, MSN, APRN (VA Midwest Health Care Network) - Doody's Review
"This is an easy to read and practical handbook that should serve as a great starting point for essential knowledge for any healthcare organization (presumably outside of the U.S.) that wishes to become accredited by the Joint Commission."
-- Farrin Manian, MD, MPH (St. John's Mercy Medical Center) Doody's Review - previous edition
This book is written for any healthcare professional or leader involved with infection prevention and control programs, Joint Commission readiness, and patient safety related to IPC. The editor and contributing authors are recognized in their countries and internationally as authorities in this area.