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National Infection Prevention and Control Manual

National Infection Prevention and Control Manual

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The NHSScotland National Infection Prevention and Control Manual was first published on 13 January 2012, by the Chief Nursing Officer (CNO (2012)1), and updated on 17 May 2012 (CNO (2012)1 Update).

This national manual provides guidance to all those involved in care provision and should be adopted for infection prevention and control practices and procedures. The national manual is mandatory for NHSScotland employees and applies to all NHSScotland healthcare settings. In all other care settings the content of this manual is considered best practice.

The manual aims to:

  • Make it easy for care staff to apply effective infection prevention and control precautions.
  • Reduce variation and optimise infection prevention and control practices throughout Scotland.
  • Help reduce the risk of Healthcare Associated Infection (HAI).
  • Help align practice, monitoring, quality improvement and scrutiny.

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