Major and Limited Outbreaks of Infection 6


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This policy aims to ensure an effective and coordinated approach is taken in the assessment and management of an outbreak from initial detection to formal closure of the outbreak and review of lessons learnt. The main purpose of this policy is to ensure that prompt action is taken in order to limit the extent of any outbreak and therefore protect patients staff and visitors from avoidable harm.

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Clinical Guidelines
This guideline has been approved by the Trust's Clinical Guidelines Assessment Panel as an aid to the diagnosis and management of relevant patients and clinical circumstances. Not every patient or situation fits neatly into a standard guideline scenario and the guideline must be interpreted and applied in practice in the light of prevailing clinical circumstances, the diagnostic and treatment options available and the professional judgement, knowledge and expertise of relevant clinicians. It is advised that the rationale for any departure from relevant guidance should be documented in the patient's case notes.
The Trust's guidelines are made publicly available as part of the collective endeavour to continuously improve the quality of healthcare through sharing medical experience and knowledge. The Trust accepts no responsibility for any misunderstanding or misapplication of this document.