Under the leadership of the Canadian Nursing Association and Infection Prevention and Control Canada we are excited to announce the release of 7 new recommendations of tests, treatments or procedures to question:
- Don’t do a urine dip or send urine specimens for culture unless urinary tract symptoms are present.
- Don’t recommend antibiotics for infections that are likely viral in origin, such as an influenza-like illness.
- Don’t overuse gloves.
- Don’t send unnecessary or improperly collected specimens for testing.
- Don’t collect stool that is not diarrhea for Clostridium difficile infection testing or test of cure.
- Don’t prolong the use of invasive devices.
- Don’t shave hair for medical procedures. Use clippers if hair removal is required.
See Seven Things Nurses and Patients Should Question to view the full list, including a rationale and references for each recommendation.
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