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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: 20/07/2021

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Gould D and Purssell E (2021) RCN Independent review of guidelines for the prevention and control of Covid-19 in health care settings in the United Kingdom: evaluation and messages for future infection-related emergency planning. London: RCN.

Key Resources

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Royal College of Nursing (2020) Tools of the trade: guidance for health care staff on glove use and the prevention of contact dermatitis. London: RCN. Royal College of Nursing (2020) Tools of the trade: guidance for health care staff on glove use and the prevention of contact dermatitis. 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 (2017) Creating a strategic focus to support the prevention of infection: RCN statement. London: RCN.
PDF cover with title and image of microbes Royal College of Nursing (2021) The role of the link nurse in infection prevention and control (IPC): developing a link nurse framework. 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.
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.
Public Health England (2019) Antimicrobial resistance (AMR): applying All Our Health. London: PHE.
Public Health England (2017) Health matters: preventing infections and reducing antimicrobial resistance. London: PHE.
Health Protection Scotland (2012) National infection prevention and control manual. Edinburgh: Health Protection Scotland/NHS National Services Scotland.
HM Government (2019) Contained and controlled. The UK’s 20-year vision for antimicrobial resistance. (no place): GOV.UK.
Department of Health (2015) The Health and Social Care Act 2008: code of practice on the prevention and control of infections and related guidance. London: DH.
Healthcare Commission (2006) Investigation into outbreaks of Clostridium difficile at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Buckinghamshire Hospitals NHS Trust. London: Commission for Healthcare Audit and Inspection. 
Stevens M, Evans G and Wilcox M (2021) Queen Elizabeth University Hospital and Royal Hospital for Children: case note review overview report March 2021. Edinburgh: The Scottish Government.
  • This overview report examines the incidence and impact of qualifying episodes of infection in paediatric haemato-oncology patients cared for at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital and the Royal Hospital for Children from 2015 to 2019 and the potential link to the hospital environment.
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We would like to thank the RCN Infection Prevention and Control member community for their input into the development of this subject guide.

Books

Book cover Adams D P (2020) Foundations of infectious disease: a public health perspective. Burlington: Jones and Bartlett Learning.

The Royal Marsden Manual Online

  • Chapter 4 covers Infection Prevention and Control
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Bearman G, Munoz-Price S, Morgan D and Murthy R (2018) Infection prevention: new perspectives and controversies. Cham: Springer.
Book cover Courtenay M (2020) Antimicrobial stewardship for nursing practice. Walingford: CABI.
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 edn. Los Angeles: Sage.
Book cover Kennamer M (2021) Basic infection control for health care professionals. 3rd edn. Boston: Cengage.
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.
Walker J (2020) Decontamination in hospitals and healthcare. 2nd ed. Duxford: Woodhead. Walker J T (2020) Decontamination in hospitals and healthcare. 2nd edn. 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.
World Health Organization (2018) Managing epidemics: key facts about major deadly diseases. Geneva: World Health Organization.
Wilson J (2019) Infection control in clinical practice. Updated 3rd ed. London: Elsevier. Wilson J (2019) Infection control in clinical practice. Updated 3rd edn. London: Elsevier.

Classic books

Fraise A P and Bradley C (2009) Ayliffe’s control of healthcare-associated infection: a practical handbook. 5th edn. London: Hodder Arnold. Fraise A P and Bradley C (2009) Ayliffe’s control of healthcare-associated infection: a practical handbook. 5th edn. London: Hodder Arnold.
Perry C (2007) Infection prevention and control. Oxford, UK: Blackwell. Perry C (2007) Infection prevention and control. Oxford, UK: Blackwell.
Gould D and Brooker C (2008) Infection prevention and control: applied microbiology for healthcare (2nd edition), Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. Gould D and Brooker C (2008) Infection prevention and control: applied microbiology for healthcare. 2nd edn. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Davies, SC, Grant, J and Catchpole M (2013) The drugs don't work: a global threat, London: Viking. Davies S C, Grant J and Catchpole M (2013) The drugs don't work: a global threat. London: Viking.

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