Guidance

Examining food, water and environmental samples: healthcare settings

Guidelines on sampling and result interpretation for microbiologists and infection control nurses working in healthcare environments.

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Examining food, water and environmental samples from healthcare environments: microbiological guidelines

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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.