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PHYSICAL DATA
Vital signs
Any findings on assessment of known or suspected
site of infection
Evidence of sources of likely spread (f or
example, fecal incontinence, open wounds that
are not able to be contained, etc. )

MEDICAL BACKGROUND
Patient’s age and sex
Background on communicable illness (when
acquired, present and previous treatment, whether
severe or long-term, recurrent, colonization only, etc. )
Latest laboratory results (cultures, serology tests, chest
x-ray, etc. )
All present diagnoses
Level of the infection in the affected person, including
response to any treatments
Infection control precautions in use such as
isolation, if any

Since person-to-person spread can play a
significant role in the spread of some enteric
pathogens, hand hygiene is a vital element of
any outbreak prevention and control strategy.
Wash Your Hands The Right Way:
When cleansing hands with soap and water:
Wet your hands with clean running water and
apply soap. Use warm water if it is available.
Rub hands together to make a lather and clean
all surfaces.
Continue rubbing hands for 15-20 seconds.
Need a timer? Envision singing “Happy
Birthday” two times through to a close friend.
Rinse hands well under running water.
Dry your hands using a paper towel or air
dryer. Use a dry paper towel to turn off the
sink or use the backside of your hands.
Always use soap and water if your hands are
visibly soiled.
CDCG recommendations for Standard Safeguards:
http: //www. cdc. gov/hicpac/2 007IP /
2007isolationPrecautions. html
CDCH hand washing and Hand Sanitizer Recommendations:

http: //www. cdc. gov/cleanhands/.

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