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Infection prevention and control means doing everything possible to prevent infection from both developing and spreading to others. The following resources are available to purchase and a selection are free to download and will assist you in preventing healthcare associated infections.

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An Introduction to the IPC Policies and Contents List for Care Home settings

30 Guidance documents that you can adopt as your own Policies

Type: Policies

Audience: Care Homes

Animals in a care home setting Policy for Care Home settings

The presence of pets or visiting animals may enhance the quality of life to residents.  However, disease can be acquired through contact with animals, especially if a person's immunity is reduced through age, illness or therapy. A downloadable Community Infection Prevention...

Type: Policies

Audience: Care Homes

Antimicrobial stewardship Policy for Care Home settings

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a significant, and growing, and a threat to public health in the UK and around the world.  AMR has been identified as one of the most pressing global challenges this century.  In 2019, there were 4.95...

Type: Policies

Audience: Care Homes

Aseptic technique Policy for Care Home settings

An aseptic technique is used to carry out a procedure in a way that minimises the risk of contaminating an invasive device, e.g. urinary catheter, or a susceptible body site such as the bladder or a wound. A downloadable Community Infection...

Type: Policies

Audience: Care Homes

BBVs (Blood-borne viruses) Policy for Care Home settings

BBV infections are spread by direct contact with the blood of an infected person. The main BBVs of concern are: Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which causes acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) Hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV)...

Type: Policies

Audience: Care Homes

C. difficile (Clostridioides difficile) Policy for Care Home settings

Clostridioides difficile (formerly known as Clostridium difficile) is a bacterium which produces spores that are resistant to air, drying and heat.  The spores survive in the environment and are the main route of spreading the Clostridioides difficile (C. difficile). C....

Type: Policies

Audience: Care Homes

Care of the deceased Policy for Care Home settings

The aim of this guidance is to advise staff on the principles of safe practice to prevent the spread of infection from a deceased resident, whilst ensuring that they are treated at all times in a respectful manner, paying heed...

Type: Policies

Audience: Care Homes

CJD (Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease) Policy for Care Home settings

Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) is one of a group of diseases called Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (TSEs) which can occur in people or animals. A downloadable Community Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Policy which can be adopted as a Policy by your organisation...

Type: Policies

Audience: Care Homes

Enteral tube feeding Policy for Care Home settings

NEW SET OF POLICIES APRIL 2023 Enteral tube feeding is a process where nutrition is delivered into an individual's gastrointestinal tract via a nasogastric tube, a gastrostomy or a jejunostomy. The Policy has been produced for safe practice which will...

Type: Policies

Audience: Care Homes

Hand hygiene Policy for Care Home settings

This Policy is one of the ‘Standard infection control precautions’ (SICPs) referred to by NHS England in the National infection prevention and control manual (NIPCM) for England. Hand hygiene is one of the most important procedures for preventing the spread...

Type: Policies

Audience: Care Homes