Long-Term Care

An APIC Text Chapter Collection

Now complimentary from APIC in response to COVID-19

This selection of 32 chapters from the APIC Text provides an overview of infection prevention and control (IPC) for those working in a long-term care or long-term acute care center. Topics range from foundational knowledge on general IPC principles, such as antimicrobial stewardship and hand hygiene, to specialty topics, including urinary tract infection, respiratory care, vascular access devices, and geriatrics.

The following chapters provide principles and practices of infection prevention and control that have been identified as the most relevant overall for the current situation:  

Chapter 27: Hand Hygiene 

Chapter 28: Standard Precautions 

Chapter 31: Cleaning, Disinfection, and Sterilization 

Chapter 108: Environmental Services.  

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Table of Contents

The chapters included in the APIC Text Long-Term Care Center Collection cover the fundamentals of infection prevention and control in those settings. From the basics of IPC to hand hygiene to risk factors in ambulatory settings, you’ll get the essentials at your fingertips.

  • Chapter 1: Infection Prevention and Control Programs
  • Chapter 4: Accrediting and Regulatory Agencies
  • Chapter 10: General Principles of Epidemiology
  • Chapter 11: Surveillance
  • Chapter 12: Outbreak Investigations
  • Chapter 21: Risk Factors Facilitating Transmission of Infectious Agents
  • Chapter 27: Hand Hygiene
  • Chapter 28: Standard Precautions
  • Chapter 29: Isolation Precautions (Transmission-based Precautions)
  • Chapter 31: Cleaning, Disinfection, and Sterilization
  • Chapter 33: Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs
  • Chapter 34: Urinary Tract Infection
  • Chapter 35: Vascular Access Device-Associated Infection
  • Chapter 37: Pneumonia
  • Chapter 41: Geriatrics
  • Chapter 62: Long-Term Care
  • Chapter 63: Long-Term Acute Care
  • Chapter 67: Rehabilitation Services
  • Chapter 68: Respiratory Care Services
  • Chapter 73: Clostridioides difficile Infection and Pseudomembranous Colitis
  • Chapter 80: Diarrheal Diseases
  • Chapter 83: Influenza
  • Chapter 84: Foodborne Illnesses
  • Chapter 101: Occupational Health
  • Chapter 102: Occupational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Chapter 104: Immunization of Healthcare Personnel
  • Chapter 106: Minimizing Exposure to Blood and Body Fluids
  • Chapter 108: Environmental Services
  • Chapter 114: Waste Management
  • Chapter 115: Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning
  • Chapter 116: Water Systems Issues and Prevention of Waterborne Infectious Diseases in Healthcare Facilities
  • Chapter 123: Animals Visiting in Healthcare Facilities