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 settings.

It includes information on hand decontamination, body fluid spillages, using aseptic techniques 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.

Related material on clinical waste management and sharps is available in the Waste Disposal and Sharps topics. Material on hygiene in general practice settings can be found in the Cleaning topic.

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