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Korean J healthc assoc Infect Control Prev 2020; 25(2): 70-78

Published online December 31, 2020 https://doi.org/10.14192/kjicp.2020.25.2.70

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The Present and Future of Infection Control Policy in Korea

Jacob Lee

Division of Infectious Disease, Department of Internal Medicine, Kangnam Sacred Heart Hospital, College of Medicine, Hallym University, Seoul, Korea

Correspondence to: Jacob Lee
E-mail: litjacob@chol.com
ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7041-065X

Received: November 25, 2020; Revised: December 4, 2020; Accepted: December 4, 2020

Abstract

There have been significant infectious disease-related issues since the outbreak of the novel influenza in 2009, the spread of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus in hospitals in 2015, group deaths due to fluid contamination in the neonatal intensive care units of university hospitals in 2017, and the outbreak of coronavirus disease in 2020. However, these crises related to infection control created an opportunity for the infection control in medical institutions to become noticeable. Furthermore, it affected the development of policies and infection control fees at the government level. As infection control gains importance, discussions regarding education for increased human resources, the role and expectation of the infection control monitoring system, a support system to strengthen the infection control capabilities of vulnerable medical institutions, and an evaluation system to assess and improve the level of infection management in medical institutions have begun. This review article discusses the current situation and problems and the means to develop them in the future.

Keywords: Infection control practitioners, Healthcare-associated infection, Surveillance system

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