6. Infection Control and Risk Management

  1. Sarah Phillips1,
  2. Mary Collins2 and
  3. Lisa Dougherty OBE3
  1. Sarah Hart

Published Online: 23 MAR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444393231.ch6

Venepuncture and Cannulation

Venepuncture and Cannulation

How to Cite

Hart, S. (2011) Infection Control and Risk Management, in Venepuncture and Cannulation (eds S. Phillips, M. Collins and L. Dougherty OBE), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444393231.ch6

Editor Information

  1. 1

    Vein Train Ltd, London, UK

  2. 2

    Imperial College, Healthcare NHS Trust, London, UK

  3. 3

    The Royal Marsden Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK

Author Information

  1. The Royal Marsden Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 23 MAR 2011
  2. Published Print: 15 APR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405148603

Online ISBN: 9781444393231



  • infection control and risk management;
  • healthcare acquired infection (HAI) prevalence surveys - 9% of patients acquiring infections during their illness;
  • infection control - HAI, leading cause of morbidity and mortality among hospitalised patients;
  • healthcare workers' technique - aseptic technique, reducing risk of infection by decreasing microorganisms, that contaminate a susceptible person;
  • hand washing, before and after every patient contact - reducing risk of cross-infection;
  • sterile equipments - used during venepuncture and cannulation;
  • chlorhexidine gluconate - effective against a range of microorganisms;
  • education of all healthcare professionals - clinical responsibility for patients, receiving mandatory training as part of their induction;
  • risk management - healthcare, involving a degree of potential risk;
  • specimen handling and transportation - care taken when obtaining diagnostic specimens


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Learning Outcomes

  • Introduction

  • Infection Control

  • Risk Management

  • Conclusion

  • References