Standard Infection Control Precautions (SICPs)

The basic IPC measures that should be used in your care home are called Standard Infection Control Precautions (SICPs).

SICPs are used to reduce the risk of transmission of infectious agents from known and unknown sources of infection.

These should be used by all staff, in all care settings, at all times, for all residents whether infection is known to be present or not to ensure the safety of those being cared for, staff and visitors in the care home.

SICPs should be part of everyday practice and applied consistently by all staff in the care home including, but not limited to, managers, nurses, care staff, domestics/housekeepers and volunteers.

It is essential that optimal IPC measures are applied continuously as people living in care homes may be elderly or have underlying medical conditions which could make them more at risk from infection which may then be serious and in some cases life threatening. By applying optimum IPC measures you will provide safe and effective care to the people in your care, fellow staff and visitors to your care home.

There are 10 Standard Infection Control Precautions (SICPs)

  1. Resident Placement/Assessment for infection risk
  2. Hand Hygiene
  3. Respiratory and Cough Hygiene
  4. Personal Protective Equipment
  5. Safe Management of Care Equipment
  6. Safe Management of Care Environment
  7. Safe Management of Linen
  8. Safe Management of Blood and Body Fluid Spillage
  9. Safe Disposal of Waste
  10. Occupational Safety: Prevention and Exposure Management (including sharps)

The Hierarchy of Controls detailed in Appendix 20 should also be considered in controlling exposures to occupational hazards which include infection risks.