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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: 06/09/2017

Key Resources

Creating a safe environment for care: defining the relationship between cleaning and nursing staff Association of Healthcare Cleaning Professionals and Royal College of Nursing (2013) Creating a safe environment for care: defining the relationship between cleaning and nursing staff, London, RCN.
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.
Antimicrobial resistance: RCN position on the nursing contribution Royal College of Nursing (2014) Antimicrobial resistance: RCN position on the nursing contribution, London, RCN.
Essential practice for infection prevention and control: guidance for nursing staff (Wipe it out: one chance to get it right) Royal College of Nursing (2012) Essential practice for infection prevention and control: guidance for nursing staff (Wipe it out: one chance to get it right), 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.
Infection prevention and control: information and learning resources for health care staff (3rd edition) Royal College of Nursing (2014) Infection prevention and control: information and learning resources for health care staff (3rd edition), 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.
Tools of the trade: RCN guidance for health care staff on glove use and the prevention of contact dermatitis Royal College of Nursing (2012) Tools of the trade: RCN guidance for health care staff on glove use and the prevention of contact dermatitis, London, RCN.
We would like to thank the RCN Infection Prevention and Control member community for their input into the development of this subject guide.

Books

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.
Damani N (2012) Manual of infection prevention and control, Oxford: Oxford University Press. Damani N (2012) Manual of infection prevention and control, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Kaye K S (2011) Infection prevention and control in the hospital, London: Saunders. Kaye KS (2011) Infection prevention and control in the hospital, London: Saunders.
Kowalski W J (2012) Hospital airborne infection control, Boca Raton: CRC Press Kowalski W J (2012) Hospital airborne infection control, Boca Raton: CRC Press.
 McGuckin M, Goldfarb T and Pronovost P (2012) The patient survival guide: a simple solution to prevent hospital-and-healthcare-associated infection, New York: Demos Medical Publishing. McGuckin M, Goldfarb T and Pronovost P (2012) The patient survival guide: a simple solution to prevent hospital-and-healthcare-associated infection, New York: Demos Medical Publishing.
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.
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.
Thomas V (2011) Fundamental aspects of infection prevention and control, London: Quay. Thomas V (2011) Fundamental aspects of infection prevention and control, London: Quay.
 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 (2013) Fundamentals of infection prevention and control: theory and practice, Hoboken: Wiley. Weston D (2013) Fundamentals of infection prevention and control: theory and practice, Hoboken: Wiley.

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