This policy sets the standards for infection prevention and control (IPC) for the built environment within all Trust premises. The standards detailed are based on national guidance provided in Health Building Note 00-09: Infection Control in the Built Environment (Department of Health, 2013), and are applicable to all NHS Trusts, including Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals (ASPH).
It has been consistently confirmed that the healthcare environment can act as a reservoir for organisms, with the potential to cause healthcare associated infections (HCAIs) in vulnerable patients. To reduce the risk of HCAIs, it is imperative that IPC measures are “designed-in” at the very outset of the planning and design stages of a healthcare facility and that IPC input continues up to, into and beyond the final building stage.
Designed-in IPC means that designers, architects, engineers, facilities managers, and planners work in collaborative partnership with IPC teams, as well as healthcare staff and the users, to deliver facilities in which IPC needs have been anticipated, planned for, and met.
The IPC Team within ASPH will advise the Trust on new builds and refurbishment projects using these standards, best practice and utilising their specialist knowledge and prior experience. Furthermore, the IPC Team will undertake audits, including assessing the environment of wards and patient departments, to determine the Trust’s compliance with the required environmental standards and where there are deficiencies, will advise on actions needed to achieve compliance, in order to reduce the risk of infection to patients, staff and visitors.
|Shila Patel, Nurse Consultant Infection Prevention and Control / Infection Prevention and Control Team
|Control of Infection Committee