SICPs are the basic infection prevention and control measures necessary to reduce the risk of transmission of infectious agents (germs) from both recognised and unrecognised sources of infection.
SICPs should be applied for all individuals at all times in all care settings, whether infection is known or not.
Sources of infection include blood or other body fluids, non-intact skin, mucous membranes and any equipment in the care environment which could be contaminated.
The 10 SICPs are listed below and you’ll get more detail in this resource and in the national guidance identified.
- Patient placement/assessment for risk
- Hand hygiene
- Respiratory and cough hygiene
- Personal protective equipment (PPE)
- Safe management of care equipment
- Safe management of the care environment
- Safe management of linen
- Safe management of blood and body fluid spillages
- Safe disposal of waste (including sharps)
- Occupational safety: prevention and exposure management (including sharps)
There’s more information about SICPs in chapter 1 of the NIPCM.