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Infection Prevention and Control Manual relaunched

The National Infection Prevention and Control Manual (NIPCM) has been relaunched for all those working in health and care settings.

Published on 12 July 2022

From: Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infection Scotland

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The National Infection Prevention and Control Manual (NIPCM) has this week been relauched for all those working in health and care settings.

The resource, a significant document for Infection Prevention and Control professionals, was first published in 2012 and is now being relaunched a decade on. The updated resource reflects on pandemic learning, emphasising the ongoing importance of IPC guidance for all those working in health and care settings.

Good IPC practice is paramount in reducing the risk of healthcare associated infection, reducing antimicrobial resistance and keeping users of our healthcare facilities, healthcare workers and visitors safe. The manual is underpinned by a robust methodology ensuring content is evidence based and can be applied in practice.

The manual aims to:

• Help reduce the risk of Healthcare Associated Infection (HAI)

• Make it easy for care staff to apply effective infection prevention and control precautions

• Reduce variation, promote standardisation and optimise infection prevention and control practices throughout Scotland

• Improve the application of knowledge and skills in infection prevention and control

• Help alignment of practice, education, monitoring, quality improvement and scrutiny

To learn more about the manual visit the NIPCM website: https://www.nipcm.hps.scot.nhs.uk/