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HSE Guidance for the Application of Standards and Recommended Practices for Local Decontamination Units in Primary Care Dental, Podiatry and GP Practices

Version 1

September 2016

Prevention and control of healthcare associated infection

The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) has developed the National Standards for Safer, Better Care to describe what a high quality, safe service looks like.

Improving the quality of care and providing a safe working environment are thus fundamental activities for the Health Service Executive.

Prevention and control of healthcare associated infection (HCAI) is central to these activities.

Senior managers must ensure that they have effective systems in place in their healthcare facilities to minimise the risks of infection to service users and staff.

The Standards and Recommended Practices for Decontaminaton in a Primary Care LDU have been devised to support understanding of the legal and legislative

requirements relatng to decontaminaton of RIMD and promote a standardised approach to safe decontaminaton practices in Primary Care.