Healthcare organisations have a legal responsibility to implement changes to reduce healthcare associated infections (HCAIs). The Health Act 2006 provided the Healthcare Commission with statutory powers to enforce compliance with the Code of Practice for the Prevention and Control of Healthcare Associated Infection (The Code). Anaesthetists should be in the forefront of ensuring that their patients are cared for in the safest possible environment.
These guidelines provide information on:
- General principles of infection control
- Anaesthetic equipment and infection control
- Infection control policies
- Prion diseases
- High risk patients