Legal Aspects of Infection Control

  • Ellen Covner Weiss


In this discussion1 of Legal Aspects of infection control, Infection Control refers to a hospital program that is designed to prevent, identify and control infections acquired in the hospital or brought into the hospital from the community. This program is pervasive and comprehensive. It affects patients, employees, professional staff, treatment programs, and hospital operations, for example the disposal of hazardous waste or sterilization of equipment and devices. Indeed, the comprehensive nature of a hospital infection control program may be likened to public health programs undertaken in the community. The hospital is in effect a mini-community. Concerns about containing and treating venereal disease or AIDS and the management of infectious waste are all concerns reflected at a broader level in the community and in the state through authorizing legislation and a variety of programs.


Infection Control Health Care Worker Communicable Disease Joint Commission Venereal Disease 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ellen Covner Weiss
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  1. 1.Hospital of the University of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA

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