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Essential infection prevention measures are based on the knowledge of the infection chain, the modes of transmission in healthcare settings, and the use of the best practices in all healthcare settings. Compulsory public reporting of healthcare-associated infection rates is needed to allow individuals and the community to make informed choices regarding selecting a healthcare facility.

The best practices for preventing healthcare-associated infections include hand hygiene, patient risk assessment, and appropriate strategies to reduce risk. Risk reduction strategies include cleaning the environment and supplies, disinfecting and sterilizing the equipment, using single-use equipment, appropriate linen management, waste management, handling sharps, personal protective equipment, and optimal patient placement.

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