Infection prevention and control
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Infection prevention and control

Anne Pegram Lecturer, Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, King’s College, London, England
Jacqueline Bloomfield Senior lecturer/director, Pre-registration programmes, Sydney Nursing School, The University of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

All newly registered graduate nurses are required to have the appropriate knowledge and understanding to perform the skills required for patient care, specifically the competencies identified in the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s essential skills clusters. This article focuses on the third essential skills cluster – infection prevention and control. It provides an overview and discussion of the key skills and behaviours that must be demonstrated to meet the standards set by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. In doing so, it considers the key principles of infection prevention and control, including local and national policies, standard infection control precautions, risk assessment, standard isolation measures and asepsis.

Nursing Standard. 29, 29, 37-42. doi: 10.7748/ns.29.29.37.e7257


Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Received: 09 October 2012

Accepted: 09 November 2012