Our websites are being upgraded between 8.30pm Wednesday 5th October and 3am Thursday 6th October. During that time you may experience difficulty accessing some of our content. We apologise for any inconvenience.
Nursing studies

Infection prevention and control: a guide for nursing students

Protecting patients and healthcare staff from infection is a fundamental part of care, but are nursing students getting enough training? Here is what you need to know

Protecting patients and healthcare staff from infection is a fundamental part of care, but are nursing students getting enough training? Here is what you need to know

About 300,000 patients a year contract a healthcare-associated infection (HCAI) in England, costing the NHS an estimated £1 billion a year, according to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) .

Each infection places a greater burden on NHS resources, can delay a patient’s recovery, adversely affect their quality of life and, in some cases, contribute to or cause death. Nursing students are at the forefront of patient care, and so can play a key role in infection prevention and control (IPC).

What is infection prevention and control?

...

Want to read more?

Unlock full access to RCNi Plus today

Save over 50% on your first three months:

  • Customisable clinical dashboard featuring 200+ topics
  • Unlimited online access to all 10 RCNi Journals including Learning Disability Practice
  • RCNi Learning featuring 180+ RCN accredited learning modules
  • NMC-compliant RCNi Portfolio to build evidence for revalidation
  • Personalised newsletters tailored to your interests

This article is not available as part of an institutional subscription. Why is this?

Jobs