What is the National Infection Prevention and Control
The National Infection Prevention and Control Manual is to be adopted by all NHS
Boards and should replace existing SICP policies.
The first chapter of this Manual is Standard Infection Control Precautions (SICPs)
Policy which is published as one of 3 distinct SICP documents.
The SICPs policy is the practice guide to be applied by all NHS staff
The literature reviews summarising the available evidence that underpins and informs
the practical application of the SICPs policy and highlights implications for research
A compliance and quality improvement data collection tool which contains a critical
elements checklist that can be used as an aide memoire. This tool should be used
to monitor and evidence compliance with SICPs.
The second chapter of the Manual will be on Transmission Based Precautions.
What are Standard Infection
Standard Infection Control Precautions 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.
There are 10 elements of SICPs which are
Respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Management of care equipment
Control of the environment
Safe management of linen
Management of blood and body fluid spillages
Safe disposal of waste
Occupational exposure management (including sharps)