Emergencies preparedness, response

Infection control strategies for specific procedures in health-care facilities

Epidemic-prone and pandemic-prone acute respiratory diseases

Quick reference guide


This document is addressed to infection control professionals, occupational health specialists and other professionals involved in patient care in health-care facilities.

It is designed to provide quick reference guidance on infection prevention and control to help prevent the transmission of acute infectious respiratory diseases during health care.

The advice in this Quick Reference Guide is drawn from Infection prevention and control of epidemic- and pandemic-prone acute respiratory diseases in health care- WHO Interim Guidelines.


Table.Infection control measures for health-care workers caring for patients with febrile acute respiratory diseases in specific clinical settings and procedures
1. Patient arrival at the reception
2. Triage & physical examination
3. Nebulized drug therapy
4. General nursing care
5. Collection of an induced sputum specimen
6. Resuscitation, intubation, suctioning and/or extubation
7. Bronchoscopy