Standard Infection Prevention and Control Precautions (SICPs)
Safe consistent clinical and care processes across health and social care settings
Some ideas that your team could try:
The sections below provide more information about why these are important. You will find practical examples, evidence, tools, templates and training resources that you could use to support your improvements.
- Why SICPs are important
Standard Infection Control Precautions (SICPs) are the basic infection prevention and control measures necessary to reduce the risk of transmission of infectious agent, from both recognised and unrecognised sources of infection. Sources of (potential) infection include:
- blood and other body fluids secretions or excretions (excluding sweat)
- non-intact skin or mucous membranes, and
- any equipment or items in the care environment that could have become contaminated.
The application of SICPs during care delivery is determined by an assessment of risk, to and from individuals, and includes the task, level of interaction and/or the anticipated level of exposure to blood and/or other body fluids. To be effective in protecting against infection risks, SICPs must be used continuously by all staff.
- Evidence, examples and training resources to support SICPs
The guidance to support this rationale is based on best practice. Examples of this can be seen in:
- National Infection Prevention and Control Manual (SICPs), NHS Scotland.
- Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infection (ARHAI) COVID-19 guidance compendium, NHS National Services Scotland. The COVID-19 Compendium contains links to current national and international policy, guidance and resources on COVID-19 from key organisations and will be updated daily during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Compendium of guidance and information in relation to COVID-19, The Care Inspectorate. The compendium focuses on the information that is most relevant to the operation and delivery of regulated care services and is intended primarily to support Care Inspectorate staff in advising services. However, the range of information may also be directly useful to services. The compendium is regularly updated as guidance is developed and revised.
- COVID-19: Information and Guidance for Care Home Settings (Adults and Older People), Health Protection Scotland (2020).
- CEL 19 (2013) - Patient safety essentials and safety priorities.
- Scottish Infection Prevention and Control Education Pathway (SIPCEP) Training. Please note this link will require a log-in to TURAS.
- Open with Care: Supporting Meaningful Contact in Care Homes
- National Infection Prevention and Control Manual: Infection Prevention and Control Manual for older people and adult care homes
All infection prevention and control education resources and support materials (such as, eLearning modules, videos, workbooks, tip sheets, guides, support documents) are available on Turas Learn in the IPC Zone. Please note this link will require a log-in to TURAS.
eLearning modules are also provided via learnProNHS for several NHS Scotland health boards. Please note this link will require a log-in to LearnPro.