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GMS Krankenhhyg Interdiszip. 2011;6(1):Doc24. doi: 10.3205/dgkh000181. Epub 2011 Dec 15.

Can the Hazard Assessment and Critical Control Points (HACCP) system be used to design process-based hygiene concepts?

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  • 1Institute for Hygiene and Environmental Medicine, University of Greifswald, Greifswald, Germany.

Abstract

Recently, the HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points) concept was proposed as possible way to implement process-based hygiene concepts in clinical practice, but the extent to which this food safety concept can be transferred into the health care setting is unclear. We therefore discuss possible ways for a translation of the principles of the HACCP for health care settings. While a direct implementation of food processing concepts into health care is not very likely to be feasible and will probably not readily yield the intended results, the underlying principles of process-orientation, in-process safety control and hazard analysis based counter measures are transferable to clinical settings. In model projects the proposed concepts should be implemented, monitored, and evaluated under real world conditions.

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