These guidelines provide recommendations that outline the critical aspects of infection
prevention and control. The recommendations were developed using the best available evidence
and consensus methods by the Infection Control Steering Committee.1 They have been prioritised
as key areas to prevent and control infection in a healthcare facility. It is recognised that the level
of risk may differ according to the different types of facility and therefore some recommendations
should be justified by risk assessment. When implementing these recommendations all healthcare
facilities need to consider the risk of transmission of infection and implement according to their
specific setting and circumstances.
The recommendations should be read in the context of the evidence base. This is discussed
in Sections B1, B2 and B3, which also include advice on the practical application of the
recommendations. The table below lists recommendations and the section of the guidelines in
which they are discussed.