Infection Prevention and Control

Effective infection prevention and control practices can minimise the risk of infection transmission between patients, healthcare workers and others in the healthcare environment; they are an essential component of safe, quality health care.

Infection prevention and control aims to reduce the risk of patients acquiring preventable healthcare-associated infections. Infectious agents transmitted during the provision of health care come primarily from other people - patients, clinicians and visitors. A successful infection prevention and control program involves promptly identifying individuals presenting with, or with risk factors for, infection or colonisation. This may be in relation to an organism of local, national or global significance, where the need to put in place appropriate measures to prevent the spread of the infectious agent to other individuals, is essential.

Infection Prevention and Control

The Commission has developed the following resources to support healthcare workers and health organisations in implementing effective infection prevention and control practices: