Infection prevention and control 2020 | Association of Anaesthetists

Infection prevention and control 2020

Please note that these guidelines are currently under review and will be updated in due course


This guideline was published before the COVID-19 pandemic and will be revised to incorporate the many learning points that have arisen during that time. Up to date, and continually updated, information and advice relating to the pandemic can be found here.

The prevention of healthcare associated infections (HAIs) is an integral component of good medical practice; anaesthetists have a central role in ensuring every patient receives the best protection against HAIs.

Recommendations include that there should be a named lead consultant in each department of anaesthesia who is responsible for liaising with their trust’s infection prevention and control team and occupational health department to ensure best antimicrobial practice is maintained in all areas of anaesthetic practice.