Guidance

COVID-19: infection prevention and control (IPC)

Guidance on infection prevention and control for COVID-19.

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Table 1. Recommended PPE for healthcare workers by secondary care clinical context

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Table 2. Recommended PPE for primary, outpatient, and community care

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Table 3. Recommended PPE for ambulance, paramedics, first responders and pharmacists

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Table 4. Additional considerations for COVID-19

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COVID-19: visual guide to safe PPE

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Frequently Asked Questions on wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

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Best practice hand rub

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Best practice hand wash

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Best practice management of blood and body fluid spills

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Facial hair and FFP3 respirators

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Routine decontamination of reusable equipment

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Details

This guidance outlines the infection prevention and control advice for health and social care providers involved in receiving, assessing and caring for patients who are a possible or confirmed case of COVID-19. It should be used in conjunction with local policies.

The guidance is issued jointly by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), Public Health Wales (PHW), Public Health Agency (PHA) Northern Ireland, Health Protection Scotland (HPS), Public Health England and NHS England as official guidance.

Whilst this guidance seeks to ensure a consistent and resilient UK wide approach, some differences in operational details and organisational responsibilities may apply in Northern Ireland, England, Wales and Scotland.

Refer to personal protective equipment use for aerosol generating procedures

Refer to personal protective equipment use for non-aerosol generating procedures

Published 10 January 2020
Last updated 6 April 2020 + show all updates
  1. List of guidance updates now included in 'Explanation of the updates to infection prevention and control guidance'.

  2. Added Frequently Asked Questions on wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

  3. Added explanation of the updates to the infection prevention and control guidance.

  4. Updated 'A visual guide to safe PPE' poster.

  5. New tables describing PPE use across different clinical scenarios and settings; advice on sessional PPE use and reusable PPE; change in close-contact distance; advice on washing forearms if exposed; advice on acceptable respirators; general formatting to improve usability.

  6. Revised sections on aerosol generating procedures and theatres.

  7. Moved guidance for personal protective equipment (PPE) for aerosol generating procedures and for non-aerosol generating procedures to new, separate pages.

  8. Added new guidance for putting on and taking off personal protective equipment (PPE) for non-aerosol generating procedures.

  9. Added new guidance on when to use a face mask or FFP3 respirator.

  10. Added 'Infection prevention and control guidance for pandemic coronavirus'.

  11. Changes to PPE and mask and respiratory recommendations for different situations; incorporated existing advice on safe use of point-of-care tests including blood gas machines and updated advice on IPC in operating theatres.

  12. Added quick guides and videos for donning and doffing of personal protective equipment (PPE).

  13. Added posters for donning and doffing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

  14. Revised guidance.

  15. Updated section on 'Waste' with new information.

  16. Updated waste categorisation and terminology for novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

  17. Updated document with new edition.

  18. First published.