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COVID-19 (Coronavirus info)

Information and guidance for public, NHSGGC staff, and community-based services.  Hospital visiting restrictions now in place.

Infection Prevention and Control Measures (IPCM)

COVID-19 is spread directly through close contact with an infected person (within two metres) and indirectly through touching a surface, object or the hand of an infected person. Infection prevention and control precautions are of critical importance to reduce the spread of the virus and keep healthcare workers, and the people and families they support safe.

Health Protection Scotland produce National Guidance relating to Infection Control procedures (such as PPE, laundry, ...

Health Protection Scotland produce National Guidance relating to Infection Control procedures (such as PPE, laundry, waste and outbreak management) for social and residential care settings

The National Guidance also details best practice in infection prevention and control. Appendices 2-6 provide useful guides:

  • Appendix 2 – Best Practice – How to Hand Wash
  • Short films produced by NES on hand washing are available
  • Appendix 3 – Putting on and removing PPE 
  • Appendix 4 – Routine decontamination of reusable and non-invasive patient care equipment (flowchart) 
  • Appendix 5 – Decontamination and processes for facilities with possible or confirmed cases of COVID-19 
  • Appendix 6 – PPE Table 2

The National Infection Prevention and Control Manual (NIPCM) provides guidance to all those involved in care provisio...

The National Infection Prevention and Control Manual (NIPCM) provides guidance to all those involved in care provision and should be adopted for infection prevention and control practices and procedures.

The national manual is mandatory for NHSScotland in all health and social care settings and the content of this manual is considered best practice.

The manual aims to:

  • make it easy for care staff to apply effective infection prevention and control precautions
  • reduce variation and optimise infection prevention and control practices throughout Scotland
  • improve the application of knowledge and skills in infection prevention and control
  • help reduce the risk of Healthcare Associated Infection (HAI)
  • help alignment of practice, education, monitoring, quality improvement and scrutiny

A Safe Practice in Care Homes poster has been developed by the Care Inspectorate It outlines these key infection prevention and control measures

Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) and NHS Education for Scotland (NES) compiled a suite of resources to support...

Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) and NHS Education for Scotland (NES) compiled a suite of resources to support social services workers, volunteers and carers during the COVID-19 outbreak. It includes:

Key measures for infection prevention and control

This guide highlights essential practical actions to support good infection control practice during COVID-19. It signposts some of the key measures you will need to protect yourself and others when providing care and support for people, including those with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.

The contents of the guide covers:

  • Introduction
  • Hand and Cough Hygiene
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Keeping Safe and well

- The four UK countries agreed COVID-19 national guidance for infection prevention and control in healthcare settings.

- The four UK countries agreed COVID-19 national guidance for infection prevention and control in healthcare settings.

There is national guidance for the stepdown of infection control precautions (ICP) and discharging COVID-19 patients ...

There is national guidance for the stepdown of infection control precautions (ICP) and discharging COVID-19 patients from hospital to residential settings

This HPS guidance provides advice on appropriate discontinuation of ICP for patients recovering or recovered from COVID-19 and either remaining in hospital, being discharged to their own home or to residential care.

 

Last Updated: 20 January 2021