Standard Infection Prevention and Control Precautions (SICPs)
Safe consistent clinical and care processes across health and social care settings
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Guidance & Support
- Why SICPs are important
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.
- Resources to support the implementation of SICPs
The section below provides more information that you can use to support your improvements.
National Infection Prevention and Control Manual, National Services Scotland.
This web based manual provides guidance to all those involved in care provision and should be adopted for infection prevention and control practices and procedures.
National Infection Prevention and Control Manual for older people and adult care homes, National Services Scotland.
This web based manual provides guidance to all those involved in care provision within adult care homes and should be adopted for infection prevention and control practices and procedures.
Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Zone, NHS Education for Scotland: TURAS | Learn.
This learning resource provides information and education for health and social care staff and students in Scotland in relation to infection prevention and control.