February 2017: A footnote was added to recommendation 184.108.40.206 linking to Health and Safety (Sharp Instruments in Healthcare) Regulations 2013. A footnote linking to a safety alert on chlorhexidine was added to recommendations 220.127.116.11, 18.104.22.168, 22.214.171.124 and 126.96.36.199. Other footnotes were updated with references to revised or replaced British Standards and other regulations.
August 2013: A clarification has been made to recommendation 188.8.131.52 on the disposal of used standard needles.
This guidance is a partial update of NICE clinical guideline 2 (published June 2003) and replaces it.
Recommendations are marked as , [2003, amended 2012],  or [new 2012]: