Infection Control Policies

  pdf Hand Hygiene Policy (433 KB)

Hand hygiene forms part of Standard Precautions, consequently this policy should be read in conjunction with other key policy documents located in the Trust infection control policy manual.

  pdf Safe Working Practice (120 KB)

This document outlines the standard principles and practices for Safe Working.

  pdf Protective Personal Equipment Policy (52 KB)

This document outlines the standard principles and best practices for the use of Protective Personal Equipment.

  pdf Isolation Policy (123 KB)

The aim of this policy is to minimise the risk of infection through the appropriate and timely isolation of a patient with a known or suspected pathogen or epidemiologically important organism.

  pdf Notifiable Diseases (61 KB)

The aim of this document is to assist clinical teams caring for a patient in Trust locations or contributing to a care package in primary and community care settings.

  pdf Inoculation Risk Policy (Blood-Bourne Viruses) (262 KB)

The recommendations outlined in this policy aim to minimise the risks of Blood Bourne Viruses following accidental exposure to contaminated or potentially  contaminated fluids or substances. It is not possible to always know who may  have/be carrying an infection, therefore a  tandardised proactive approach to all patients and situations is required.

  pdf Disinfection Policy (70 KB)

This policy provides a guide for those concerned with the use of disinfectants and cleaning agents required to decontaminate equipment. The object is to provide instructions on the correct use of such products so that potentially harmful levels of microbiological contamination are reduced, and any inappropriate use or wastage is avoided.

  • Thorough cleaning of equipment and surfaces is essential and removes the majority of microorganisms.
  • Devices which are not being used on a regular basis will still need to be cleaned on a regular basis.
  • Disinfectants should not be used for routine cleaning.
  • The range of disinfectants available for use must be limited to those of proven value.
  • The choice of decontamination method will depend on the risk associated with the equipment.

All equipment is either single-use or reusable. Single-use equipment should not be reused and must be disposed of appropriately after use. All reusable equipment must be decontaminated after use and between patients. Where decontamination of reusable items cannot be guaranteed then single use items are the preferred option, e.g. disposable paper medicine pots.

  pdf Food Hygiene Policy (101 KB)

The aim of this policy is to provide specific guidance to members of clinical teams particularly nursing staff. It includes the infection control components of food hygiene, enteral feeding and the management of ice making machines in clinical areas.

  pdf Specimen Collection and Transport Policy (183 KB)

Thousands of specimens are handled and processed by the University Hospital of North Staffordshire (UHNS) Pathology laboratory each day, a number of these cannot be processed owing to insufficient information or inappropriate sampling. This may result in delays in treatment, additional costs, or misidentification resulting in inappropriate treatment. This policy, therefore, aims to minimise risk and avoid inappropriate sampling by outlining the requirements for specimen management.

  pdf Outbreak Management Policy (95 KB)

The aim of this policy is to assist clinical teams in the prevention, prompt recognition, and management of minor or major outbreaks of infection. This document provides background information, outlines the roles and responsibilities of key staff and personnel, and the actions essential to outbreak prevention and management.

The Trust aims to minimise the impact of outbreaks on patients and staff, service provision and reduce the risk of spread to other areas through the prompt recognition and early implementation of control measures.

The focus of this document is the prevention and management of outbreaks of diarrhoea, or diarrhoea and vomiting attributed to viral gastro-enteritis (commonly norovirus and rotavirus), however, the principles of outbreak recognition and management detailed in this document may be applied to other suspected or identified outbreaks of infection.

  pdf MRSA Policy (173 KB)

The recommendations outlined in this policy aim to minimise the acquisition and spread of MRSA by assisting staff working in community hospitals, community and primary care settings.

The policy will achieve these aims by ensuring that staff working with patients in any of the above settings will have knowledge and be competent in delivering care which includes the application of Standard Principles of Infection Prevention and Control. It is not possible to always know who may have an infection, therefore a standardised proactive approach to all patients and situations is required.

  pdf Prevention and Contol of CDAD Policy (1.17 MB)

This policy should be read in conjunction with the Trust’s Hand Hygiene, Personal Protective Equipment and Specimen Handling policies. Additional information can be found in the HPA (2007), Good Practice Guide.

  pdf Management of Transmissible Spongiform Policy (138 KB)

The aim of this document is to assist clinical teams caring for a patient in Trust locations or contributing to a care package in primary and community care settings. The information provided in this document aims to maximise the use of available knowledge, skills and resources in order to provide quality care and support for patients and their families through skilled investigation, early recognition, and specialist advice.

  pdf Policy for Prevention and Control of Tuberculosis (53 KB)

This policy is designed to give information to staff nursing patients with suspected or confirmed pulmonary tuberculosis. Further information can be obtained from the sources referenced.

  pdf Statement of Compliance with MRSA Policy and MRSA Screening (49 KB)

The Trust Board has noted that NHS Stoke-on-Trent has revised its Meticillin Resistant Staphyloccocus aureus (MRSA) Policy to reflect the Department of Health MRSA Screening – operational guideline 2 (Gateway reference number 11123). The Board were assured that Stoke-on-Trent Community Health Services are fully compliant with the revised MRSA Policy.

The Policy is published on NHS Stoke on Tent web site via ‘Publications/Policies/Infection Control Policies/7.16 Meticillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) Policy'.

  pdf Infection Prevention and Control Guidelines for Care Homes (2.05 MB)

Infection prevention and control is an essential element of high quality care. Having effective infection prevention and control measures in place  contributes to the safety of the environment for service users, care workers and visitors.

These guidelines provide information that will support care homes to  put in place all reasonable infection prevention and control measures that are required to protect service users from infection and enable care homes to meet the requirements of the Health and Social Care Act 2008.

This document should be read alongside The Health and Social Care Act,  Code of practice for health and adult social care on the prevention and control of infections and related guidance which can be accessed at www.dh.gov.uk/publications.

  pdf Infection Prevention and Control Guidelines for General Practices (6.37 MB)

Infection prevention and control is an essential element of high quality care. Having effective infection prevention and control measures in place contributes to the safety of the environment for service users, care workers and others.

These guidelines provide information that will support general practices to put in place all the reasonable infection prevention and control measures that are required to protect service users and care workers from infection and enable general practitioners to meet the requirements of the Health and Social Care Act 2008.

The Health and Social Care Act 2008 can be accessed at: www.dh.gov.uk/publications

To be consistent with the Health and Social Care Act 2008 these guidelines use the same terms and definitions.