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Infection Prevention and Control

“Infection prevention and control is the clinical application of microbiology in practice. Infection or disease may be caused by bacteria, fungi, viruses or prions and can result in a wide variety of infections …Understanding how infections occur and how different micro-organisms act and spread is crucial to preventing infections.” (RCN Clinical topic: Infection prevention and control). Use this guide to find information resources related to infection prevention and control including books, reports and journal articles.

Last updated: 20/11/2018

Key Resources

Royal College of Nursing (2017) Creating a strategic focus to support the prevention of infection: RCN statement, London: RCN. Royal College of Nursing (2017) Creating a strategic focus to support the prevention of infection: RCN statement, London: RCN.
Royal College of Nursing (2014) The management of waste from health, social and personal care, London, RCN. Royal College of Nursing (2014) The management of waste from health, social and personal care, London, RCN.
Royal College of Nursing (2016) Standards for infusion therapy (4th edition), London: RCN. Royal College of Nursing (2016) Standards for infusion therapy (4th edition), London: RCN.
Royal College of Nursing (2017) Essential practice for infection prevention and control: guidance for nursing staff, London, RCN. Royal College of Nursing (2017) Essential practice for infection prevention and control: guidance for nursing staff, London, RCN.
Infection prevention and control commissioning toolkit: guidance and information for nursing and commissioning staff in England (3rd edition) Royal College of Nursing and Infection Prevention Society (2016) Infection prevention and control commissioning toolkit: guidance and information for nursing and commissioning staff in England (3rd edition), London, RCN.
Royal College of Nursing (2017) Infection prevention and control: information and learning resources for health care staff, London: RCN. Royal College of Nursing (2017) Infection prevention and control: information and learning resources for health care staff, London: RCN.
The role of the link nurse in infection prevention and control document (IPC): developing a link nurse framework Royal College of Nursing (2012) The role of the link nurse in infection prevention and control document (IPC): developing a link nurse framework, London, RCN.
Royal College of Nursing (2018) Tools of the trade: guidance for health care staff on glove use and the prevention of contact dermatitis, London: RCN. Royal College of Nursing (2018) Tools of the trade: guidance for health care staff on glove use and the prevention of contact dermatitis, London: RCN.
Public Health England (2015) Antimicrobial resistance (AMR): applying All Our Health, London: PHE.
Public Health England (2017) Health matters: preventing infections and reducing antimicrobial resistance, London: PHE.
Healthcare Improvement Scotland (2015) Healthcare associated infection (HAI): standards, Edinburgh, Healthcare Improvement Scotland.
Health Protection Scotland (2012) National infection prevention and control manual, Edinburgh, Health Protection Scotland/NHS National Services Scotland.
We would like to thank the RCN Infection Prevention and Control member community for their input into the development of this subject guide.

Books

Bearman G, Munoz-Price S, Morgan D and Murthy R (2018) Infection prevention: new perspectives and controversies, Cham: Springer.
Delves-Yates C and Northway R (2018) Essentials of nursing practice (2nd edition), Los Angeles, Sage. Delves-Yates C and Northway R (2018) Essentials of nursing practice (2nd edition), Los Angeles, Sage.
Elliott P, Storr J and Jeanes A (editors) (2016) Infection prevention and control: perceptions and perspectives, Milton: CRC Press.
McGuire-Wolfe C (2017) Foundations of infection control and prevention, Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning. McGuire-Wolfe C (2017) Foundations of infection control and prevention, Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.
Ross S and Furrows S (2014) Rapid infection control nursing, Chichester: Wiley Blackwell. Ross S and Furrows S (2014) Rapid infection control nursing, Chichester: Wiley Blackwell.
Bissett L and Griffith C (2014) The infection prevention & control handbook, Doncaster: Highfield Limited.
Colbert B J and Gonzalez III L S (2015) Microbiology: practical applications and infection prevention, Boston: Cengage Learning. Colbert B J and Gonzalez III L S (2015) Microbiology: practical applications and infection prevention, Boston: Cengage Learning.
Saint S, Krein S L and Stock R W (2015) Preventing hospital infections: real world problems, realistic solutions, Oxford: Oxford University Press. Saint S, Krein S L and Stock R W (2015) Preventing hospital infections: real world problems, realistic solutions, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
 Walker J T (2014) Decontamination in hospitals and healthcare, Cambridge: Woodhead Publishing. Walker JT (2014) Decontamination in hospitals and healthcare, Cambridge: Woodhead Publishing.
Weston D, Burgess A and Roberts S (2017) Infection prevention and control at a glance, Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons. Weston D, Burgess A and Roberts S (2017) Infection prevention and control at a glance, Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons.

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