Infection prevention

This page contains useful information and resources to support infection prevention in care homes.

“The steps taken in care homes to protect residents and staff from infection represent an important element in the quality of care, particularly as some infections have the capacity to spread within environments where susceptible people share eating and living accommodation.

“It is also important to be aware of the possibility of infection in residents and for care workers to identify these promptly. Infections acquired in care homes may be serious and, in some cases, life threatening. These may worsen underlying medical conditions and adversely affect recovery. Infections may be caused by organisms resistant to antibiotics and the high media profile they generate may alarm residents, their relatives and carers.”

Health Protection Agency – Prevention and control of infection in care homes Summary for staff

For people living in care homes, infections can be serious, and in some cases, life-threatening.

They can also make existing medical conditions worse. Regular contact with staff, other residents, family and friends and the shared living space all mean infection can easily be passed around. It is therefore vital to take the steps that can help prevent infection occurring.

Explore NICE’s quick guide for care home managers on how to help prevent infection.

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