National Infection Prevention and Control Manual for NHS Scotland

24 January 2012, 10:38

NHS Scotland has recently published the inaugural chapter of a National Infection Prevention and Control Manual. 

This chapter consists of the Standard Infection Control Precautions (SICPs) policy which replaces the Health Protection Scotland (HPS) Model Policies.  

SICPs are intended for use by all healthcare staff in all healthcare settings at all times whether infection is known to be present or not to ensure the safety of patients, staff and visitors to the healthcare environment. They are the basic infection prevention and control measures necessary to reduce the risk of transmission of microorganisms from both recognised and unrecognised sources of infection. 

The policy comprises three documents:

  1. A practice guide, to be applied by all NHS staff.
  2. A literature review for reference by Infection Prevention and Control Teams (IPCTs) and other interested professionals
  3. A Compliance and Quality Improvement Data Collection Tool.

Full details can be found from Health Protection Scotland.