Core Infection Prevention and Control Knowledge and Skills: A framework document 

Guidelines for hand hygiene in Irish healthcare settings (2015) Update of 2005 guidelines 

Infection Prevention and Control for Primary Care in Ireland, a Guide for General Practice  

The Infection Prevention and Control Guidelines for Primary Care have been produced under the auspices of the National Clinical Programme for HCAI & AMR prevention in collaboration with the Irish College of General Practitioners. These guidelines provide advice for infection prevention and control in Irish general practice and includes information on:

National Clinical Guidelines on the Surveillance, Diagnosis and Management of C. difficile Infection in Ireland  

Guidelines for Control and Prevention of Multi-Drug Resistant Organisms (MDRO) Excluding MRSA in the Healthcare Setting 

In July 2014, the MDRO Committee published an update to Section 3 ‘Resistant Enterobacteriaceae’, specifically new guidelines on screening for carriage of resistant Enterobacteriaceae in Ireland’. This new guidance is published as a separate document to accompany the existing MDRO guidelines and it may be downloaded at the link below.

Updated Guidelines on Screening for Carriage of Resistant Enterobacteriaceae in Ireland 

Diagnosis and Management of Urinary Tract Infection in residents of long term care facilities 

These guidelines were developed by the Steering group of the second national prevalence study in long term care  and the SARI community antimicrobial stewardship committee. Further information on the second national prevalence study can be found here. With the advent of the RCPI /HSE clinical programme on healthcare-associated infection and antimicrobial resistance, the SARI committee(s) agreed to complete its work and hand over its functions to a new committee. A new national committee was established in September 2011 under RCPI governance; the RCPI Clinical Advisory Group on Healthcare-associated Infection. This committee has taken over the functions of the SARI National Committee - Dr. Nuala O’ Connor represents the ICGP on this national committee.

Guidelines for the Prevention of Catheter-associated Urinary Tract Infection 

Guidelines for Antimicrobial Prescribing in Primary Care in Ireland - online version February 2013.

Guidelines for the prevention of ventilator-associated pneumonia in adults in Ireland 

Prevention of Intravascular Catheter-related Infection in Ireland – Summary of Recommendations 

Prevention of Intravascular Catheter-related Infection in Ireland – Full version of the National Guidelines 

Guidelines for Antimicrobial Stewardship in Hospitals in Ireland, (December 2009)  

SARI Hospital Antimicrobial Stewardship Working Group.

Infection Prevention and Control Building Guidelines for Acute Hospitals in Ireland (2009) 

Guidelines for Hand Hygiene in Irish Health Care Settings (2005) 

Infection prevention and control guidance for aircraft personnel 

Analysis tool for investigating cases of Healthcare Acquired Infections, Version 1 

Additional Guidelines

The following guidelines are also relevant to infection control teams:

Blood-borne viruses in haemodialysis, CAPD and renal transplantation setting, 2014 

National Guidelines for the Prevention of Nosocomial Invasive Aspergillosis during Construction/Renovation Activities (2002) 


National Guidelines for the Control of Legionellosis in Ireland, 2009 

Guidelines on Minimising the Risk of Transmission of Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies in Healthcare Settings in Ireland (2004) 

National Guidelines On The Management Of Outbreaks Of Norovirus Infection In Healthcare Settings (2003) 

Prevention and Control Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) National Clinical Guideline No. 2 December 2013  

Prevention and Control Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) National Clinical Guideline Summary December 2013  




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