August 2016

The clinical guideline for CG139 Healthcare-associated infections: prevention and control in primary and community care has been checked by NICE for the need for update. 

Registered stakeholders for the guideline are invited to comment on the provisional decision via this website.  Please see the consultation page for more details.

Review decision date: September 2014

Review decision: 

This guideline will shortly be checked to see if it needs updating, please register as a stakeholder to be informed about the decision.

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Next review date: December 2016

This guidance updates and replaces NICE guideline CG2 (published in June 2003).

It offers evidence-based advice on the prevention and control of healthcare-associated infections in primary and community care. New and updated recommendations address areas in which clinical practice for preventing healthcare-associated infections in primary and community care has changed, where the risk of healthcare-associated infections is greatest, and where the evidence has changed.

This guideline was previously called infection: prevention and control of healthcare-associated infections in primary and community care.

Your responsibility

The recommendations in this guideline represent the view of NICE, arrived at after careful consideration of the evidence available. When exercising their judgement, professionals are expected to take this guideline fully into account, alongside the individual needs, preferences and values of their patients or service users. The application of the recommendations in this guideline is not mandatory and the guideline does not override the responsibility of healthcare professionals to make decisions appropriate to the circumstances of the individual patient, in consultation with the patient and/or their carer or guardian.

Local commissioners and/or providers have a responsibility to enable the guideline to be applied when individual health professionals and their patients or service users wish to use it. They should do so in the context of local and national priorities for funding and developing services, and in light of their duties to have due regard to the need to eliminate unlawful discrimination, to advance equality of opportunity and to reduce health inequalities. Nothing in this guideline should be interpreted in a way that would be inconsistent with compliance with those duties.

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