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Official website to support Scottish infection control

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A new website has been launched to support Scotland’s “national manual” for infection prevention and control.

NHS Scotland’s National Infection Prevention and Control Manual was first published in January 2012 and subsequently updated.

“The manual has been the definitive guide to infection prevention and control in Scotland”

Fiona McQueen

It is intended to provide guidance for all those involved in care provision on infection prevention and control practices and procedures.

The national manual is mandatory for NHS Scotland employees and applies to all NHS healthcare settings. In other care settings, the content of this manual is considered best practice.

The manual states its overall aim as being to “make it easy for care staff to apply effective infection prevention and control precautions”, reduce variation in practices throughout Scotland and help reduce the risk of healthcare associated infection.

The standalone website for the manual has been launched this month by Health Protection Scotland.

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Fiona McQueen

It features a latest news section and a video from chief nursing officer for Scotland Professor Fiona McQueen.

Ms McQueen said: “Tackling and reducing healthcare associated infection remains a key priority for all of us in the NHS in Scotland.

“Since its launch in 2012, the manual has been the definitive guide to infection prevention and control in Scotland, aiming to provide straightforward practice requirements based on an assessment of the available professional literature – bringing about consistency in practice and advice across the NHS,” she said.

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