Role of medical technologists in the infection control team

Yuko Abe, Yoshiharu Ohisa, Katsumi Yoshida, Mitsuo Kaku

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The infection control team (ICT) plays important roles in many different aspects of infection control. They include (1) surveillance for hospital-acquired infection, (2) developing the infection control manual, (3) checking that the manual is followed correctly, (4) giving information about the isolation of microorganisms in the hospital, (5) educating and instructing medical staff, etc. Many data have been accumulated on a database in the microbiology laboratory. Bacterial samples are also examined in the microbiological laboratory therefore medical technologists will be the first to notice hospital-acquired infection. Offering prompt information, obtained by surveillance or routine work, greatly contributes to infection control. Furthermore, a 24hr system for the microbiological laboratory may prevent occupational infection of health care workers. The role of the medical technologist in ICT is thus important. To prevent outbreaks of infection, the regional network is also important for the collection of information about the pathogen and the susceptibility of antimicrobial agents in the region. The medical technologist should participate in and communicate with this network. As mentioned above, the inclusion of medical technologists in infection control practice is essential. To participate in the ICT, medical technologists need to have communication skills, and be recognized by other team members as an essential member.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)824-829
Number of pages6
JournalRinsho byori. The Japanese journal of clinical pathology
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Aug

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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