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Study on the Standardization of a Surveillance Culture Laboratory in Infection Control Fields
Korean J Clin Lab Sci 2018;50:359-369  
Published on September 30, 2018
Copyright © 2018 Korean Society for Clinical Laboratory Science.

Chang-Eun Park1, Na-Yeon Jeong2, Min-Ji Yang3, Han-Wool Kim4, Sei-Ick Joo5, Keon-Han Kim6, Hee-Kyung Seong7, Yu-Yean Hwang8, Hyun–Mi Lim9, Jae-Cheol Son10, Sun-Han Yoon11, Nam–Seob Yoon12, In-Ho Jang13

1Department of Biomedical Laboratory Science, Molecular Diagnostics Research Institute, Namseoul University, Cheonan, Korea
2Infection Control Office, Samsung Medical Center, Seoul, Korea
3Department of Laboratory Medicine, Seoul National University Hospital, Seoul, Korea
4Infection Control Office, Pusan National University Hospital, Busan, Korea
5Department of Biomedical Laboratory Science, Daejeon University, Daejeon, Korea
6Department of Laboratory Medicine, Gangnam Severance Hospital, Seoul, Korea
7Department of Biomedical Laboratory Science, Dong-Eui Institute of Technology, Busan, Korea
8Department of Laboratory Medicine, Samsung Medical Center, Seoul, Korea
9Department of Laboratory Medicine, Soonchunhyang University Hospital, Seoul, Korea
10Department of Pulmonology, Chungbuk National University Hospital, Cheongju, Korea
11Seoul Clinical Laboratories, Yongin, Korea
12Department of Laboratory Medicine, Asan Medical Center, Seoul, Korea
13Department of Biomedical Laboratory Science, SangJi University, Wonju, Korea
Correspondence to: Chang-Eun Park
Department of Biomedical Laboratory Science, Molecular Diagnostics Research Institute, Namseoul University, 91 Daehak-ro, Seonghwan-eup, Seobuk-gu, Cheonan 31020, Korea
Tel: 82-41-580-2722
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An essential measure to prevent healthcare-associated infections (HAI) is to develop a consistent system of surveillance, thereby promoting a reliable situation diagnosis to perform efficient control for the problem. Patient-to-patient transmission of pathogens within the hospital plays a substantial role in the epidemiology of HAIs. Contamination of healthcare environments commonly occurs, including facilities surfaces (e.g., bed rails, bedside tables), drinking water, cooling tower water, endoscopic instruments, food, airborne, endotoxin test, sterile test and medical equipment, with pathogenic organisms. In addition, epidemiological analysis is performed by multi locus sequence tying, pulsed-field gel electrophoresis for active surveillance. Therefore, an environmental surveillance culture test for prevention improves patient safety and blocks infection agents. Effective infection control and increased safety are possible by controlling the national infection control system. In conclusion, this study contributes to an effective infection control system through the standardization of active surveillance culture laboratory and secure expertise as infection control specialist. The primary objective of the standardization is to improve the safety of the nation’s healthcare system by reducing the rates of HAIs.
Keywords : Active surveillance, Airborne culture, Drinking water, Endotoxin, Healthcare associated infection

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