Standard Infection Control Precautions
Scope of Guidance
This guidance applies to all health care personnel working in any healthcare setting, including Acute, Mental Health and Primary Care and Community NHS Trusts.
It is intended to be used alongside, and not replace, local Trust NHS policies/guidelines.
All Professionals flexible workers are required to ensure they are familiar with these guidelines and local Trust infection control policies and guidelines wherever they are on assignment.
These guidelines have been developed using NHS Scotland Model Infection Control Policies and National Public Health Service for Wales Infection Control Model Policies (2009)
What are Standard Infection Control Precautions?
Standard Infection Control Precautions (SICP) are designed to prevent cross transmission from recognized and unrecognized sources of infection. These sources of (potential) infection include blood and other body fluid secretions or excretions (excluding sweat, non – intact skin or mucous membranes) and any equipment or items in the care environment which are likely to become contaminated.
Why are Standard Infection Control Precautions necessary?
SICPs are necessary to ensure the safety of patients and clients as well as healthcare personnel and those who visit the care environment.
When should Standard Infection Control Precautions be applied?
SICPs should be applied at all times within a healthcare setting or where healthcare is being provided and must underpin all healthcare activities. The application of SICPs during care delivery is determined by:
· the level of interaction between the healthcare worker and the patient/client
· the anticipated level of exposure to blood or other body fluids
Standard Infection Control Precautions Clinical Governance
V3 November 2010
What Responsibilities do flexible workers have regarding Standard Infection Control Precautions?
All staff providing direct care in a healthcare setting including a patient’s/client’s own...