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Abstract

This paper considers infection control issues relevant to prehospital care providers. Specifically it examines practices related to the routine cleaning of patient monitoring cables between patients and, the cleaning and disinfection of respiratory equipment, in particular laryngoscope blades, facemasks and self-inflating resuscitation bags. The infection control issues are identified and an analysis of the operational, human resource and management practices relevant to these issues are discussed. Recommendations for best practice are explored.

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