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National Infection Prevention and Control Manual

National Infection Prevention and Control Manual

About the Manual

What is the National Infection Prevention and Control Manual (NIPCM)?

The NHSScotland National Infection Prevention and Control Manual was first published on 13 January 2012, by the Chief Nursing Officer (CNO (2012)1) http://www.sehd.scot.nhs.uk/cmo/CNO(2012)01.pdf , and updated on 17 May 2012 (http://www.sehd.scot.nhs.uk/cmo/CNO(2012)01update.pdf).

It is a practice guide for use in Scotland containing Standard Infection Control Precautions and Transmission Based Precautions, which when used can help reduce the risk of Healthcare Associated Infection (HAI) and ensure the safety of those being cared for, staff and visitors in the care environment. 

It aims to:

  • Make it easy for care staff to apply effective infection prevention and control precautions.
  • Reduce variation and optimise infection prevention and control practices throughout Scotland.
  • Help reduce the risk of Healthcare Associated Infection (HAI).
  • Help align practice, monitoring, quality improvement and scrutiny.

Who should use the NIPCM?

  • It is mandatory for NHSScotland employees and applies to all healthcare settings.
  • It can be used in other care settings (for example care homes) where it should be considered best practice.

It should be adopted for all infection prevention and control practices and procedures.

Is the NIPCM based on scientific literature?

The recommendations for practice made in the NIPCM are based on real-time reviews of the current scientific literature (for example Medical Journals) and best practice.  Any major changes identified in the scientific literature may lead to a change being made to the NIPCM. 

The literature reviews can be accessed http://www.nipcm.hps.scot.nhs.uk/resources/literature-reviews/

What is in the Appendices?

The Appendices can be used as practical implementation of the NIPCM and contain graphical representations (for example diagrams and charts) that can be used along with the contents of the NIPCM.  Many of the Appendices can be printed off as posters for local use. 

Are there any other materials that I can use along with the NIPCM?

The resources page links to the SICPs Campaign Materials, Education and Training Links and Posters.

You can also look at the literature reviews and SBARs for the NIPCM.

How can I find out what all the scientific and medical words mean in the NIPCM?

A glossary section has been provided in the NIPCM website.

Does the NIPCM website work on mobile devices?

The NIPCM website works on mobile devices e.g laptops, smartphones.  Appendices 1-4 have been designed to work on mobile devices and we are currently working on the other appendices.