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It reviews the evidence and provides a summary of the principles underpinning and the key considerations that would assist in achieving designed-in infection control. The aim of the document is to provide guidance to planning, design and maintenance teams and infection control staff working on new healthcare build and refurbishment projects.
The document covers Department of Health initiatives and policies that impact on this topic, the infection control implications for planning and renovation, the planning process and IC responsibilities are explained and the issues to consider during the design and planning process are discussed in some detail, i.e. isolation rooms, waste disposal, etc.
Appendices include; problem organisms; risk assessment; capital investment process; the four categories of equipment supplied for new build schemes; a draft Proforma and a summary of the terms used, references and further reading.
This guidance is at present being updated (2009/10)