The Scottish National Infection Prevention and Control Manual (NIPCM) is the mandatory practice guide for infection prevention and control (IPC) for NHS Scotland. The manual is best practice in all other care settings.
It is evidence-based, and aims to provide care staff with easy access to information and supporting tools for infection prevention and control. It also aims to reduce practice variation across NHS Scotland and reduce the risk of healthcare associated infection (HAI).
What's in the manual?
The following chapters can be found within the NIPCM:
- Chapter 1 – Standard Infection Control Precautions
- Chapter 2 – Transmission Based Precautions
- Chapter 3 – Healthcare associated infection incidents, outbreaks & data exceedance
- New COVID-19 information developed in collaboration with NHS boards and organisations to provide Scottish context to the UK COVID-19 IPC remobilisation guidance.
Chapter 4 of the NIPCM – Infection control in the built environment, is currently under development. It will provide practice recommendations for those involved in care provision to reduce risk of healthcare ventilation and water system related infection.
The NIPCM is produced by the Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infection Scotland (ARHAI Scotland) group.