Guidelines on sampling and result interpretation for microbiologists and infection control nurses working in healthcare environments.
The microbiological examination of food, water and environmental samples from the healthcare environment is necessary for routine monitoring of decontamination procedures and the demonstration of a safe environment for patients, visitors and staff.
This document provides:
- a summary of legislation and guidance for microbiologists and infection control nurses working within healthcare settings
- additional guidance on sampling and result interpretation
General procedures for collecting food, water, air and environmental samples are also described.