Infection prevention practice and principles

All providers of care are registered with the CQC as being compliant with The Health and Social Care Act 2008 Code of Practice on the prevention and control of infections and related guidance.

In order to break the chain of infection all services should have the following guidance in place; follow the links for supporting evidence:

Hand hygiene
Personal protective equipment
Sharps safety
Waste management
Environmental cleaning
Equipment cleaning – please refer to manufacturer's instructions
Linen and laundry

In addition you may require:

Barrier nursing
Aseptic technique
Catheter care
Indwelling device care

For primary medical and dental premises:

National specifications for cleanliness: primary medical and dental premises