The Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare (2019)

National guidelines that outline the critical aspects of infection prevention and control, focusing on core principles and priority areas for action

The National Health and Medical Research Council, in partnership with the Commission, released the Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare (2019). These Guidelines are for everyone working in healthcare, including healthcare workers, management and support staff.

The Guidelines provide a risk-management framework to ensure the basic principles of infection prevention and control can be applied to a wide range of healthcare settings. The level of risk may differ in different types of health service organisations and risk assessments are encouraged as part of local decision making and implementation of Guideline recommendations.

The Guidelines uses new national and international evidence to strengthen the risk management approach to infection and prevention control that was established in the 2010 version of the Guidelines. Key elements addressed in the 2019 guidelines include: the importance of a patient-centred approach, disinfection methods, antimicrobial resistance, replacement of peripheral intravenous catheters, use of chlorhexidine, immunisation for healthcare workers, Norovirus and use of hospital-grade disinfectants.

Cover of AICG 2019