Standard 2.4 Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) and Decontamination
Effective infection prevention and control needs to be everybody’s business and must be part of everyday healthcare practice and based on the best available evidence so that people are protected from preventable healthcare associated infections.
The health service will need to consider the following criteria for meeting the standard:
- There are appropriate organisational structures and management systems for infection prevention, control and decontamination in place.
- Physical environments are maintained and cleaned to a standard that facilitates infection prevention and control and minimises the risk of infection.
- Suitable and accurate information on infections is available.
- Suitable, timely and accurate information on infections is provided to any person concerned with providing further support or nursing/medical care when a person is moved from one organisation to another or within the same organisation.
- Staff employed to provide care in all settings are fully engaged in the process of infection prevention and control.
- Adequate isolation facilities are provided to support effective infection prevention and control.
- Policies on infection prevention and control are in place and made readily accessible to all staff.
- So far as is reasonably practicable staff are free of and are protected from exposure to infections that can be acquired or transmitted at work.
- Staff are suitably trained and educated in infection prevention and control associated with the provision of healthcare.
- Suitable and sustainable systems, policies and procedures are in place for medical device decontamination by competent staff in an appropriate environment.
- Patients and visitors are supported to achieve and maintain high standards of hygiene.
- Proper arrangements exist for the segregation, handling, transporting and disposal of waste including human tissue and subsequent disposal appropriately and sensitively.
Standard 2.4: Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) and Decontamination Supporting Guidance