Helping to prevent infection in care homes

January 8, 2018

The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) has published Helping to prevent infection in care homes: a quick guide for managers and staff in care homes.

For people living in care homes, infections can be serious, and in some cases, life-threatening. They can also make existing medical conditions worse. It is, therefore, vital to take the steps that can help prevent infection occurring. SCIE believes that managers and staff in care homes will find this guide very useful as a reminder of the most important methods of preventing infection.

Helping to prevent infection in care homes covers:

  • Hand decontamination.
  • Personal protective equipment.
  • Sharps.
  • Waste disposal.
  • Education and information.
  • Further information.

There is also a fully interactive website on helping to prevent infection.

Helping to prevent infection in care homes has been co-produced by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and SCIE and is based on NICE’s guideline on Healthcare associated infections: prevention and control in primary and community care and quality standard on infection prevention and control.

The guideline and quality standard have been developed to complement the
Department of Health’s Code of Practice on the Prevention and Control of Infections.

The Code of Practice and accompanying information resource cover a range of
additional valuable information for managers and staff in care homes, including:

  • Hygiene measures for staff, visitors and residents with respiratory infections.
  • When and how long to exclude staff from work when they have an infection or they
    have come into contact with an infection in their own home.
  • Assessing the need for isolation of residents because of infectious disease.

Other Quick Guides produced by SCIE include one for registered managers of care homes and homecare, focusing on moving between hospital and home, including care homes.


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Where can I find a copy of the Helping to prevent infection in care homes: a quick guide for managers and staff in care homes.