Despite widespread efforts to improve patient safety, infection control breaches still happen at an alarming rate. In order to improve patient safety and prevent infections, healthcare organizations need to have infection control procedures in place and regularly assess protocols and adherence to these policies. In the case of an infection control breach, organizations need to be prepared to act quickly and follow a six-step evaluation procedure outlined by the CDC:
Identify the infection control breach.
Gather additional data.
Notify and involve key stakeholders.
Perform a qualitative assessment.
Make decisions about patient notification and testing.
Handle communications and logistical issues.