Aseptic technique

Aseptic technique is a critical element of standard precautions. Aseptic technique are a set of practices that protect patients from healthcare-associated infections and protects healthcare workers from contact with blood, body fluid and body tissue.

Aseptic technique, when performed correctly, maintains the sterility of equipment and key parts used during aseptic procedures. In turn, aseptic technique minimises the risk of contamination of key sites, protects patients from their own pathogenic microorganisms, and ultimately, reduces the risk of infection transmission.

Procedures that require aseptic technique should be performed by clinicians who are competent in carrying out the procedure and in aseptic technique.

NSQHS Standards Implementation Guide for Action 3.11 Aseptic Technique

Action 3.11 Aseptic Technique require that health service organisations are able to identify:

  • Procedures where aseptic technique is required in a health service organisation
  • Assess the competence of the workforce in performing aseptic technique
  • Provide training to address gaps in competency
  • Monitor compliance with the organisation’s policies on aseptic technique

The NSQHS Standards Implementation Guide for Action 3.11 Aseptic Technique can be used by health service organisations to help them meet the actions of the NSQHS Standards relating to aseptic technique and to develop actions to mitigate risks relating to aseptic technique. This resource supersedes the 2018 Aseptic Technique Risk Matrix and is supported by the Principles of aseptic technique: Information for healthcare workers.

Principles of aseptic technique: Information for healthcare workers

The Principles of aseptic technique: Information for healthcare workers has been developed to provide practical guidance on aseptic technique for healthcare workers and describes the five essential principles of aseptic technique. The information presented in this resource is generic in nature and can be adapted to direct patient care, laboratory, and pharmacy settings. This resource supports the actions of the Action 3.11 Aseptic Technique of the Preventing and Controlling Infections Standard and compliments the information in the NSQHS Standards Implementation Guide for Action 3.11 Aseptic Technique.