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:
- How might a patient acquire an infection while in the general practice environment?
- Details of Standard & Transmission based precautions including hand hygiene, Personal protective equipment (PPE)
- Audit tools to assess current practices and plan for future practice development and training
- Staff immunisation
- Management of sharps, blood and vomit spills, clinical waste
- Decontamination of reusable medical equipment
- Cleaning and/or decontamination of common items of medical equipment and the general practice environment
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.
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 Antimicrobial Prescribing in Primary Care in Ireland - online version February 2013.
SARI Prevention of Intravascular Catheter-related Infection Sub-Committee
SARI Hospital Antimicrobial Stewardship Working Group.
The following guidelines are also relevant to infection control teams:
National Guidelines for the Prevention of Nosocomial Invasive Aspergillosis during Construction/Renovation Activities (2002)
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