Infection Prevention and Control

Effective infection prevention and control practices support reduced 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 practices aim to reduce the risk of patients acquiring preventable healthcare-associated infections (HAI). Infectious agents transmitted during the provision of health care come primarily from interaction between people – patients, clinicians and visitors. A successful infection prevention and control program requires systems which enable prompt identification of 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 appropriate measures to prevent the spread of the infectious agent to other individuals in place is essential.

Are you ready for World Hand Hygiene Day 2022? The Commission has produced a suite of resources that health service organisations can use to support local activities.