The key principles of IPC

Standard infection control precautions (SICPs) are to be used by all staff, in all care settings, at all times, for all patients whether infection is known to be present or not, to ensure the safety of those being cared for, staff and visitors in the care environment.

There are 10 elements of SICPs these are:

  1. patient placement/assessment of infection risk
  2. hand hygiene
  3. respiratory and cough hygiene
  4. personal protective equipment
  5. safe management of the care environment
  6. safe management of care equipment
  7. safe management of healthcare linen
  8. safe management of blood and body fluids
  9. safe disposal of waste (including sharps)
  10. occupational safety/managing prevention of exposure (including sharps)

For more information about the SICPs click here


Useful resources relating to guidance:

HCPA IPC Care Manager Responsibilities poster Click here
HCPA IPC Care staff responsibilities poster Click here
HCPA COVID-19 True or false myth-busting poster Click here
HCPA Handwashing poster Click here
Visiting poster Click here
HCC – Advice on car sharing Click here