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
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 Mental Health Practice
- RCNi Learning featuring 180+ RCN accredited learning modules
- NMC-compliant RCNi Portfolio to build evidence for revalidation
- Personalised newsletters tailored to your interests