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CDC posts infection control resources for patients with cancer

The CDC introduced new educational and patient care tools as part of agency’s Preventing Infections in Cancer Patients program. The resources include an interactive web site for patients with cancer, their caregivers, and health providers, and a Basic Infection Control and Prevention Plan for Outpatient Oncology Settings, according to an October 25 CDC news release.

The web site, 3 Steps Towards Preventing Infections During Cancer Treatment [1], helps to assess the risk for developing neutropenia, low white blood cell count, during chemotherapy treatment. Depending on whether you are a patient, caregiver, or healthcare provider, completion of a short online questionnaire produces downloadable information about how to help lower the risk for infection.

The Basic Infection Control and Prevention Plan for Outpatient Oncology Settings [2] identifies existing CDC infection control  guidelines and presents them to meet the specific needs of outpatient oncology facilities. This includes standard precautions and transmission-based precautions, injection safety, hand hygiene, medication handling, central venous catheter access and care, environmental disinfection, and surveillance and reporting.

Additional resources, posters, and fact sheets are available  on the CDC Preventing Infections in Cancer Patients web page [3].