This national manual provides practice guidance to all those involved in care provision and should be adopted by all NHS Boards.
The Manual currently contains Chapter 1: Standard Infection Control Precautions Policy and it is planned to further develop the manual, with the next planned chapter being Transmission Based Precautions.
The manual aims to align evidence based practice with monitoring, assurance, quality improvement and scrutiny by:
- providing straight forward practice requirements based on an assessment of the extant professional literature instigating consistency in practice and advice across NHS Scotland;
- promoting the application of evidence based care processes by staff;
- complementing national improvement programs and providing a focus for the development of local measurement plans to achieve sustained practical implementation of a small number of critical activities into everyday practice (making the right thing easy to do for every patient every time), thereby reducing variation in practice and improving patient outcomes i.e. reduced Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs).
The appendices in the National Infection Prevention and Control Manual are available to download.N.B. the appendices below may differ from those available in your local NHS Board/Organisation who may have amended/inserted local documentation/Standard Operating Procedure appropriate to your NHS Board/Organisation.
The practice recommendations set out in the manual are drawn from appraisals of the available professional literature on each SICP for hospital settings.
Compliance and Quality Improvement Data Collection Tool that can be used to monitor and assess compliance with SICP.