The Role of The Infection Control Link Nurse in Hospital Settings: Challenges and Opportunities


  • Marliana Isahak Ministry of Health, Brunei Darussalam.
  • Yusrita Zolkefli PAPRSB Institute of Health Sciences, Universiti Brunei Darussalam.



infection control, nurses, link-nurses, Brunei, clinical


Infection prevention and control (IPC) is considered one of the most critical components in every health care organisation. Healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs) are the most frequent adverse event in health care delivery worldwide (1, 2). The consequences of HCAIs result in prolonged hospital stays, long-term disability, increased resistance of microorganisms to antimicrobials, massive additional costs for health systems, and high costs for patients and their families and even unnecessary deaths (3). However, poor compliance and lack of knowledge in infection control among healthcare workers have been identified as one of the many reasons causing healthcare-associated infections.

Author Biography

Marliana Isahak , Ministry of Health, Brunei Darussalam.

MHSc student by Research



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How to Cite

Isahak , M. ., & Zolkefli, Y. (2022). The Role of The Infection Control Link Nurse in Hospital Settings: Challenges and Opportunities . INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CARE SCHOLARS, 5(1), 88–90.



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