G_IPC_37 - Decontamination Guidelines

The purpose of this guideline is to implement a co-ordinated approach to decontamination in line with current Department of Health requirements.

Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS NHS Trust) is committed to the wellbeing of its patients, carers and staff by ensuring that all decontamination processes undertaken within the Trust are performed in line with national guidance.

The purpose of this guideline is to confirm the LCHS NHS Trust requirements for decontamination which are put in place to reduce avoidable risks of exposure from infection to patients and staff.

The policy will address the inherent risks, both clinical risks and health and safety issues, which relate to decontamination.

The guidelines aim:

  • To establish required standards for decontamination process in line with national standards.
  • To ensure that staff receive appropriate decontamination training and updates.
  • To have effective systems in place to prevent and control infection where this is associated with decontamination.
  • To establish review processes to audit, improve and accredit decontamination processes.

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