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23 May 2014 Standard Infection Control Precautions - New campaign puts focus on infection control
SICPs campaign

A NEW campaign to raise awareness of infection control responsibilities among all healthcare staff was launched by Scotland’s Chief Nursing Officer, Ros Moore, at this week’s National Staphylococcus Aureus Bacteraemia (SAB) Summit.
The Standard Infection Control Precautions (SICPs) Campaign highlights the 10 vital steps that must be taken by all healthcare staff at all times to minimise the risk of infection and ensure the safety of patients and staff.

The Chief Nursing Officer said, “This campaign will raise awareness of the steps all healthcare staff must take to minimise and prevent the risk of healthcare associated infections. It will also emphasise a consistent approach to infection prevention and control, by sharing best practice across the country and ensuring that every health worker complies with the same stringent standards to keep patients – and themselves - as safe as possible.”

Health Secretary, Alex Neil added,
“I welcome the launch of this excellent campaign, which will help to improve conditions and care for patients and healthcare staff.
“By underlining the vital steps that all healthcare staff must take to reduce the risk of infection for themselves and those in their care. In addition, by taking a consistent approach to this issue we can identify best practice and share this around the country, lowering the risk of hospital-related infection for everyone.”

The 10 elements of SICPs are:

  • Cough etiquette/respiratory hygiene in the hospital setting - (cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing);
  • Hand Hygiene - (practise good hand hygiene);
  • Management of blood and body fluid spillages - (safely clean up all blood and body fluid spillages);
  • Management of patient care equipment - (keep all re-usable equipment clean and well maintained);
  • Occupational exposure management including sharps - (take corrective action if injured or exposed to blood and body fluids);
  • Patient Placement - (assess patient for infection risk and ensure they are cared for in a safe place);
  • Personal Protective Equipment - (wear suitable personal protective equipment);
  • Routine cleaning of the environment in the hospital setting - (keep the care environment clean and tidy);
  • Safe management of linen - (safely handle used linen);
  • Safe management of waste in the hospital setting - (safely dispose of all household and care activity waste).

The SICPs campaign is intended to support all healthcare staff in order to maintain the safety of individuals being cared for, staff and visitors.

More information about the SICPs campaign and the National Infection Prevention and Control Manual go to