Chapter 3. Infection Control

  1. Marilyn Edwards MSc, BSc(Hons), SRN, FEATC, FPCert Advanced Nurse Practitioner
  1. Mandy Beaumont MPH, RGN, Cert Infection Control Nursing Health Protection Nurse1 and
  2. Chris Baldwin RGN, School Nurse Cert, FP Cert, Dip Infection Prevention and Control Nurse Specialist2

Published Online: 9 FEB 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470988077.ch3

The Informed Practice Nurse, Second Edition

The Informed Practice Nurse, Second Edition

How to Cite

Beaumont, M. and Baldwin, C. (2008) Infection Control, in The Informed Practice Nurse, Second Edition (ed M. Edwards), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470988077.ch3

Editor Information

  1. Bilbrook Medical Centre, Bilbrook, Staffordshire, UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    Health Protection Agency, West Midlands North, Health Protection Unit, UK

  2. 2

    North Staffordshire Primary Care Trust, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 9 FEB 2009
  2. Published Print: 29 FEB 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470057490

Online ISBN: 9780470988077



  • infection control and communicability;
  • pathology of infection;
  • Primary Care Trust (PCT) commissioning service from nonNHS body;
  • healthcare workers and adopting ‘universal precautions’;
  • hand hygiene and preventing cross-infection;
  • personal protective equipment (PPE);
  • minor surgery within general practice;
  • inoculation injury guidelines;
  • spillage guidelines;
  • Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH)


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Pathology of infection

  • Standard precautions

  • Minor surgery within general practice

  • Waste

  • Protection of staff and patients

  • Control of substances hazardous to health (COSHH)

  • Vaccine storage

  • Healthcare associated infections

  • Infestations

  • Notifiable diseases

  • Summary

  • Key points

  • Suggested reading

  • Useful websites

  • Appendix

  • References