Ensuring effective infection prevention and control in the community
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Evidence and practice    

Ensuring effective infection prevention and control in the community

Kevin Murphy Assistant professor in adult nursing and fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, England

Why you should read this article:
  • To be aware of the infection prevention and control challenges that nurses may encounter in the community

  • To consider infection prevention and control measures that you could implement in your practice

  • To recognise the importance of using an aseptic technique when undertaking certain procedures

Managing community-acquired infections remains an ongoing challenge for community nursing teams. The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic meant that community nurses had to ensure they were using evidence-based infection prevention and control measures to limit the effects of the pandemic and maintain patient safety. Community environments can be unpredictable, and compared with acute settings nurses will often lack the appropriate resources when visiting patients in their homes or in residential care. This article outlines effective infection prevention and control measures that nurses can implement in the community, such as the appropriate use of personal protective equipment, optimal hand hygiene, safe waste management and adherence to an aseptic technique.

Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2023.e12158

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Conflict of interest

None declared

Murphy K (2023) Ensuring effective infection prevention and control in the community. Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2023.e12158

Published online: 26 April 2023

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