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Infection Control: Prevention of Healthcare associated infection in primary and community care

Author(s)National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) - Pellow CM; Pratt RJ; Harper P; Loveday HP; Robinson N; Jones S; MacRae ED and the Guideline Development Group
AbstractThe report provides guidance on infection prevention and control precautions that should be applied by healthcare staff while caring for all patients in the hospital environment. The recommendations are divided into four interventions: -
Intervention 1: Standard principles for hospital environmental hygiene
Intervention 2: Standard principles for hand hygiene
Intervention 3: Standard principles for the use of personal protective equipment
Intervention 4: Standard principles for the safe use and disposal of sharps
The recommendations are not detailed practice protocols and therefore should be incorporated into local infection control policies/guidelines.

This guidance has been published in the Journal of Hospital Infection, the British Journal of Infection Control and on the NICE website ( and EPIC (

Individual sections can also be downloaded from the Richard Wells
Research Centre website
Date of publishing06/25/2003
Date of last review by us07/11/2013
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Click here for full reviewSue WisemanThe guidelines were developed to help prevent healthcare associated infections in secondary care settings and to provide the evidence to inform local policy and guidelines development for standard infection control precautions on the topics reviewed.. . .


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