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Infection prevention and control: Publications

publications 20 publications
  • 12 Dec 2016

    Infusion therapy standards. Rapid evidence review: a summary

    This summary report highlights the key areas from the rapid review of evidence undertaken to support the development of updated RCN Standards for Infusion Therapy. The evidence review was a collaborative project, managed and conducted by the RCN Research and Innovation (Evidence), library and professional practice teams, as well as an RCN contractor (Bazian). The main standards publication is available (005 704).

  • 12 Dec 2016

    Infusion therapy standards. Rapid evidence review

    This report summarises the rapid review of evidence undertaken to support development of updated RCN Standards for Infusion Therapy. The evidence review was a collaborative project, managed and conducted by the RCN Research and Innovation (Evidence), library and professional practice teams, as well as an RCN contractor (Bazian). The main standards publication is available (005 704).

  • 12 Dec 2016

    Standards for infusion therapy

    This updated edition includes sections which reflect changes in the delivery or commissioning of care since this guidance was last published in 2010. It features dedicated sections on patient safety and quality and patient experiences of infusion therapy. There is also a new section on service development, reflecting the role of commissioning in IV therapy and the continued development of outpatient/home parenteral antimicrobial therapy (OPHAT) services.

  • 27 Jan 2016

    Infection Prevention and Control Commissioning Toolkit

    Revised toolkit provides information to support professionals involved in the commissioning or assurance of health and social care services.

  • 10 Dec 2015

    Small changes, big differences: Driving nursing leadership in procurement

    Publication examining how involving nursing and midwifery staff in procurement activities can save time, improve patient care and save money. It has been produced in partnership with NHS Supply Chain and the Clinical Procurement Specialist Network.

  • 28 Aug 2014

    Antimicrobial resistance

    Publication describing the contribution that nurses and nursing can make at an international, national and local level to reduce the risk of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Developed to stimulate discussion and ensure nurses are fully involved and engaged with initiatives and actions that impact on AMR.

  • 17 Apr 2014

    The management of waste from health, social and personal care

    This publication is being reviewed in 2017. Guidance using practical examples to support health care workers to properly manage the waste produced as part of their role and it recognises the different requirements that arise as a result of the devolved UK health care systems. This publication is supported by Stryker.

  • 9 Jan 2014

    An RCN toolkit for school nurses

    This publication is being reviewed in 2017. Supports and develops school nurses in their professional practice, including guidance on school health profiling, infection control, confidentiality, safeguarding children and risk assessment.

  • 20 Dec 2013

    Infection prevention and control

    ***This document is currently under review as it is now out of date. The content of this document should be read and used with caution.*** IPC is a crucial component of safe systems providing health and social care. It is inextricably linked to anti-microbial resistance and therefore has a central role in health and social care and public health services. Its importance is underlined within the Annual Report of the Chief Medical Officer (Davies 2013) and forthcoming UK five year Anti-microbial Resistance Strategy.

  • 12 Dec 2013

    Sharps safety

    Updated guidance covering the law on sharps injuries, including The Health and Safety (Sharps Instruments in Healthcare Regulations 2013) and its underlying principles as well as its requirements on health care providers.

  • 15 Nov 2013

    Creating a safe environment for care

    This publication is being reviewed in 2018. Publication produced jointly with the Association of Healthcare Cleaning Professionals (AHCP), defines the relationship between nursing staff and cleaning professionals and the effect this relationship has on the patient environment.

  • 14 May 2013

    The management of diarrhoea in adults

    This publication is being reviewed in 2018. Guidance developed with patients and health care workers as a holistic document to recognise and support the management of acute diarrhoea in adult patients, regardless of the care setting. This publication has been supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Danone Health Affairs.

  • 23 Jan 2013

    Wipe it out

    This publication is being reviewed in 2017. Provides an overview of the core elements and rationale for infection practice and associated activities and is applicable to all nurses, midwives and health care assistants, regardless of their practice setting.

  • 18 Oct 2012

    The role of a link nurse in infection prevention and control (IPC)

    This publication is being reviewed in 2017. Document describing the development of a role framework and associated competences in this area, based on the contribution of specialist infection control nurses and practising/aspiring LNs.

  • 5 Sep 2012

    Travel health nursing

    This publication is being reviewed in 2017. Guidance providing information on current guidelines and standards of care of travellers. It builds on the original 2007 publication Competencies: an integrated career and competency framework for nurses working in travel health medicine and defines the standards of care expected for a competent nurse, experienced/proficient nurse and a senior practitioner/expert nurse working in travel health nursing.

  • 12 Jul 2012

    Tools of the trade

    Guidance focusing on contact dermatitis, the main work-related skin condition affecting health professionals hands, glove use, infection prevention and control practice as well as the importance of considering glove use. Full version.

  • 21 May 2012

    Tools of the trade

    Guidance focusing on contact dermatitis, the main work-related skin condition affecting health professionals hands, glove use, infection prevention and control practice as well as the importance of considering glove use. Short reference guide.

  • 27 May 2011

    The selection and use of disinfectant wipes

    This publication is being reviewed in 2017. Technical guidance document aiming to support informed decision making on current knowledge and standards on the selection and use of wipes.

  • 6 Apr 2011

    Freedom of information report on waste management

    Report presenting the findings of a Freedom of Information Act (FOI) survey on waste management in the NHS, conducted by the RCN in November 2010.

  • 8 Nov 2008

    RCN safety representative case studies

    Case studies highlighting the important work that our safety representatives do. This case study depicts infection control and other issues in an acute trust.