The Irish Health Information & Quality Authority (HIQA) has published its final national standards on infection control following a process of consultation on earlier draft standards. The final standards are a significant improvement on the draft versions.
The new National Standards for the Prevention and Control of Healthcare Associated Infections (HCAIs) are intended to:
– Create a person-centred approach to the prevention and control of HCAIs
– Promote a multidisciplinary and team-based approach within all health and social care services to the prevention and control of HCAIs
– Provide an impetus for the attainment of evidence-based best practice in the prevention and control of HCAIs
– Drive continuous quality improvement through effective management and regular performance monitoring and evaluation of services.
Despite being national standards for Ireland, many healthcare organisations in the UK and internationally will find the standards largely applicable in their context.
Download the HIQA National Standards for the Prevention and Control of Healthcare Associated Infections together with an associated guide to the standards here.