Infection control protocols: is it time to clean up our act?

Sandrine Makiela, Anthony Weber, Brian J Maguire, Andrew W Taylor-Robinson

Abstract


While paramedics in Australia respond to many call-outs daily, little is known of the risks of infectious disease transmission that may arise from contamination of vehicles, equipment, personnel and/or patients. We examine what is currently known of the current risks in Australia posed by contamination of emergency service vehicles by antimicrobial-resistant microorganisms.


Keywords


Australia; paramedic; emergency service care; ambulance; contamination; bacteria; Staphylococcus aureus; MRSA; infection control; policy; guidelines; best practice

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