Draft revision of the national standards for the prevention and control of Healthcare Associated Infections in acute healthcare services

This consultation is now closed

  • Since 2 Dec 2016 - 5:00pm
What is this public consultation about?

The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) is revising its 2009 national standards for the prevention and control of Healthcare Associated Infections and is seeking your views on proposed new standards. The draft revised national standards are designed to promote a culture of patient safety through the efforts of all staff working together to reduce Healthcare Associated Infections. They will apply to all acute healthcare services provided or funded by the Health Service Executive (HSE). New standards for primary and community health and social care services will be developed later, with the 2009 standards applying to these services in the meantime. We would like to hear your views on these draft standards as part of an overall strategy to ensure the sustainable delivery of safe and effective infection prevention and control in Irish hospitals.

What is in the public consultation document?

The draft revised national standards contains 31 standards under eight themes:

  • Person-centred care
  • Effective Care and Support
  • Safe Care and Support
  • Better Health and Wellbeing
  • Leadership, Governance and Management
  • Workforce
  • Use of Resources
  • Use of Information. 

As the standards currently in use were published in 2009, the updated draft revised standards reflect up-to-date infection prevention and control best practice. The revised standards include areas that are known to be important in the prevention and control of Healthcare Associated Infection, such as communication, risk management and quality improvement initiatives.

How will you use my comments?

Your comments will be considered and will be used to inform the development of the final revision of the national standards. Following the consultation, we will publish a paper summarising the responses received.

Further information

For further information or if you have any questions, you can talk to a member of the standards team by calling 01 8147692.

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