This topic covers the standard infection control practices and procedures that are required to prevent and control the spread of healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs) in primary healthcare settingsadult social care settings, such as domiciliary care settings, care homes and nursing homes.

It includes information on handwashing, spillages and sterilising equipment.

The topic should be read in conjunction with related topics on Healthcare-associated Infections, which contains detailed information about specific infectious diseases, and Infection Control Management which contains more information about regulatory compliance.

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