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House of Commons written question 24968.

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 24968, tabled on 30 June 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the covid-19 outbreak, whether he has plans to review the long-term infection prevention and control measures required by Intensive Care Units; what assessment his Department has made of the steps required to minimise the risk of hospital acquired infections; and if he will make a statement.

Answered on

19 July 2021

There are no specific plans to review the long-term infection prevention and control (IPC) measures in intensive care units (ITU). However, we have committed to publish a National Infection Prevention Manual for England that will contain guidelines for IPC best practice across healthcare settings. All National Health Service providers will be expected to deliver care to the standards outlined in this guidance.

The United Kingdom IPC COVID-19 cell monitors and reviews emerging evidence and data and guidance on effective IPC. To support NHS trusts to assess compliance with COVID-19 guidelines in all clinical areas, including ITU, NHS England has a number of resources which are available at the following link:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/publication/infection-prevention-and-control-supporting-documentation/