G_IPC_26 Standards of Infection Prevention and Control Precautions

Historically known as universal precautions, standard infection prevention and control precautions are to be used with all patients when delivering health care. This is irrespective of their diagnosis.

They are a set of broad principles that all practitioners should use to minimise the risk of cross-infection between patients and acquiring occupational infections from sharps injuries, such as blood borne viruses (BBV).

Health care workers have a responsibility to ensure to ensure that standard infection prevention and control precautions are worn/ put into place appropriately (HASAWA 1974, NMC)

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