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Scotland publishes draft new IPC standards for consultation

Draft updated infection prevention and control (IPC) standards for Scottish care homes set out nine standards. These cover the following:

Standard 1: Leadership and governance – The organisation demonstrates effective leadership and governance in IPC.

Standard 2: Education and training – Staff are supported to undertake IPC education and training, appropriate to role, responsibilities and workplace setting, to enable them to minimise infection risks in care settings.

Standard 3: Communication – The organisation implements robust communication systems and processes to enable person-centred decision making, continuity of care and effective IPC throughout a person’s care experience.

Standard 4: Assurance, monitoring and response – The organisation uses robust assurance and monitoring systems to ensure there is a coordinated and rapid response to reduce the risk of infections and to drive continuous quality improvement in IPC.

Standard 5: Optimising antimicrobial use – The organisation demonstrates reliable systems and processes for antimicrobial stewardship to support optimal antimicrobial use.

Standard 6: Infection prevention and control policies, procedures and guidance – The organisation uses evidence-based IPC policies, procedures and guidance.

Standard 7: Decontamination of reusable medical devices and care equipment – The organisation ensures that reusable medical devices and care equipment are cleaned, maintained and safe for use.

Standard 8: The built environment – The organisation ensures that infection risks associated with the health and care built environment are minimised.

Standard 9: Equipment – Equipment acquired for use in the health and care environment can be effectively decontaminated to minimise any infection risks.

The standards, published by Healthcare Improvement Scotland, aim to develop IPC practice that reduces the prevalence of infections (including healthcare-associated infections – HAIs) in settings such as long-term care facilities.

The standards are out for consultation until Tuesday 7 December 2021.

Responses should be submitted online   The IPC standards will be published in spring 2022.

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