Isolation

The correct and timely isolation of patients with a healthcare associated infection (HCAI) – either suspected or proven – can be very effective in reducing the risk of transmission to other patients.

Good isolation practice can also help promote safer clinical care of individuals with an infection.

The Health and Social Care Act 2008: Code of Practice on the prevention and control of infections and related guidance (published 14 Dec 2010) states that providers need to demonstrate they are providing adequate isolation facilities.

Providers must have clear guidelines on how staff should prioritise the need for isolation facilities, based on national guidance and local risk assessment.

Isolating a patient should be just one aspect of an organisation-wide strategy, supported by an overall corporate commitment, aimed at reducing and preventing HCAIs.

Isolating patients with healthcare-associated infection: A summary of best practice
This publication gives all healthcare providers a framework to review and improve isolation practices. This framework is aimed at staff across all health care settings:

Other tools and guidance:

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