Introduction

The Health and Social Care Act 2008: code of practice on the prevention and control of infections and related guidance requires NHS organisations to have a policy for the control and management of outbreaks (Department of Health, 2015). This policy sets the standards for the investigation, management and control of outbreaks/incidents of infectious disease within the Trust. Outbreaks in the community will normally be managed by the Consultant in Health Protection (CHP). The policy includes the:

  • Definition of an outbreak / incident of infection
  • Staff roles and responsibilities
  • Constitution and roles of the Outbreak Control Team (OCT)
  • Management of outbreaks / incidents
  • Infection prevention and control practices during an outbreak

Outbreaks of hospital infection can vary greatly in extent and severity, ranging from a few cases of diarrhoea and vomiting to a larger outbreak involving many people, or in some situations just a single case of infection, such as Ebola. Each of these outbreaks / incidents require swift recognition and management, in order to minimise the risk of spread and maintain safety of patients, staff and visitors.

 

Policy Details

Download: PDF version
Compiled by: Shila Patel, Nurse Consultant Infection Prevention and Control (IPC)
Ratified by: Control of Infection Committee
Date Ratified: December 2023
Date Issued: January 2024
Review Date: December 2026
Target Audience: All staff
Contact name: Shila Patel

 

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