Prevention and control of infection in non-acute healthcare settings
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Prevention and control of infection in non-acute healthcare settings

Helen Jenkinson ICNA community lead, National Patient Safety Agency, London)
Debbie Wright Community infection control nurse specialist, West Lancashire Primary Care Trust (PCT)
Martin Jones Infection control nurse specialist, Southport and Formby PCT
Esther Dias Lead officer, Infection control and decontamination, Bromley PCT
Anna Pronyszyn Infection control and decontamination lead, West Bromwich PCT
Kath Hughes Senior community infection control nurse, North Birmingham PCT
Karen Hawker Infection control specialist, Lewisham PCT
Linda Newsham Community infection control clinical specialist, Chorley and South Ribble PCT
Tracey O’Donovan Lead infection control nurse, Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust

This article discusses the main principles of infection prevention and control in non-acute healthcare settings. It explores the use of a set of ten tools developed by the Infection Control Nurses Association (ICNA) to audit infection prevention and control, using the standard statements and criteria within the tools as a checklist. The results of the audit of facilities, commodities and practice using the ICNA audit tools will help staff to identify areas of best practice and areas where improvements are needed to enhance patient care.

Nursing Standard. 20, 40, 56-63. doi: 10.7748/ns2006.


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