Infection Control

Prevention and containment of nosocomial infection is a functional principle of effective medical practice.  Failure to do so may result in significant additional morbidity.

It is the responsibility of the intensive care community to enforce compliance with the Department's infection control policies, including reminding visiting colleagues to do so.

Hand washing is the only established method of effective infection control.  It is therefore compulsory before and after entering each patient's bed area for:

  • Physical examination of the patient
  • Manipulation of the patient environment (ventilator, infusion pumps, bedding etc)

Gloves must be worn for all contact with a patient's bodily fluids, dressings or wounds.  Gloves should be discarded before leaving the patient bed-space, and hands washed for 1 minute.


Page last reviewed: 13 May 2014