Standard Infection Control Precautions (National Infection Prevention and Control Manual)

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Objectives

Standard Infection Control Precautions are contained within the evidence based National Infection Prevention and Control Manual (NIPCM) which is mandatory for NHSScotland. One of the key purposes of the manual is to reduce variation and optimise infection, prevention and control practices throughout Scotland.

 

 

 

Audience

This Guidance is applicable to ALL staff (clinical and non-clinical) working within NHS Scotland. 

The NHSScotland National Infection Prevention and Control Manual was first published on 13 January 2012, by the Chief Nursing Officer (CNO (2012)1), and updated on 17 May 2012 (CNO(2012)01-update).

It is an evidence based National Infection Prevention and Control (NIP&C) Manual for Scotland is intended to be used by all those involved in care provision.  The manual currently contains information on Standard Infection Control Precautions (SICPs), Chapter 1 and Transmission Based Precautions (TBPs), Chapter 2 and Chapter 3 Healthcare Infection incidents, outbreaks and data exceedance.  It is planned to further develop the content of the manual.

It is a practice guide for use in Scotland which when used can help reduce the risk of Healthcare Associated Infection (HAI) and ensure the safety of those being cared for, staff and visitors in the care environment. 

It aims to:

  • Make it easy for care staff to apply effective infection prevention and control precautions.
  • Reduce variation and optimise infection prevention and control practices throughout Scotland.
  • Help reduce the risk of Healthcare Associated Infection (HAI).
  • Help align practice, monitoring, quality improvement and scrutiny.
Editorial Information

Last reviewed: 12 May 2012

Next review: 01 February 2022

Author(s): Health Protection Scotland