Fundamentals of Infection Prevention and Control -Theory and Practice 2e
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Reviews of first edition:

“This book tells every healthcare professional all they need to know about infection control… A user-friendly, valuable source of knowledge on a subject that can be confusing and complicated.” Nursing Standard

“A valuable contribution within any health or social environment." Journal of Community Nursing

Infection prevention and control is an essential component of nursing care, and a crucially important subject area for both nursing students and qualified nurses. Fundamentals of Infection Prevention and Control gives readers a firm grasp of the principles of infection control, how they relate to clinical practice and the key issues surrounding the subject. It provides a comprehensive guide to the prevention, management and control of healthcare associated infections, and the basic elements of microbiology, immunology and epidemiology that underpin them.

Thoroughly revised in line with current policy, this new edition contains brand-new chapters on a range of topics including the role of the Infection Prevention and Control Team, audit and surveillance, and the management of outbreaks.  Also incorporating a range of case studies and examples as well as additional online content, it is essential reading for all nursing students as well as qualified nursing and healthcare professionals.

Explores both principles and practice of a crucial subject areaAccessible and user-friendly, with a range of features to help study including key definitions, links back to clinical practice, and chapter learning outcomes and summariesAccompanied by an online resource centre featuring MCQs, weblinks, case scenarios and downloadable fact sheetsFeatures an increased clinical focus, with more application to practice

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Debbie Weston is Deputy Lead Nurse and Operational Lead for Infection Prevention and
Control at East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust, Kent, UK.


About the series vii

Preface viii

How to get the best out of your textbook ix

How to use the companion website xii

Acknowledgements xiii

Introduction 1

Part One: Introduction to infection prevention and control 3

Chapter 1 The burden of healthcare-associated infections, and disease threats old and new 4

Chapter 2 The Infection Prevention and Control Team 18

Chapter 3 Audit and surveillance 32

Chapter 4 The investigation of clusters, periods of increased incidence and outbreaks of infection 46

Chapter 5 Microbial classification and structure 60

Chapter 6 The collection and transportation of specimens 80

Chapter 7 The microbiology laboratory 96

Chapter 8 Understanding the immune system and the nature and pathogenesis of infection 110

Chapter 9 Sepsis 130

Chapter 10 Antibiotics and the problem of resistance 140

Part Two: The principles of infection prevention and control (standard precautions) 161

Chapter 11 Isolation and cohort nursing 162

Chapter 12 Hand hygiene 174

Chapter 13 Personal protective equipment 192

Chapter 14 The safe handling and disposal of sharps 206

Chapter 15 Cleaning 216

Part Three: Clinical practice 229

Chapter 16 The management of vascular access devices and the prevention of bloodstream infections 230

Chapter 17 The prevention and management of catheter-associated urinary tract infections 246

Chapter 18 The prevention and management of surgical site infections 258

Chapter 19 The prevention and management of hospital and community-acquired pneumonia 272

Part Four: Specificorganisms 285

Chapter 20 Stapylococcus aureus (including MRSA) 286

Chapter 21 Tuberculosis 304

Chapter 22 Clostridium difficile 324

Chapter 23 Norovirus 342

Chapter 24 Blood-borne viruses 356

Glossary 376

Index 381


“This book would also serve as an excellent quick reference to any healthcare practitioner exploring issues related to everyday practice in infection control and prevention.”  (Journal of Perioperative Practice, 1 June 2014)

Praise for the 1st edition:

"This book would make a valuable contribution within any health or social environment." (Journal of Community Nursing, Aug/Sep 2008)

"This book tells every healthcare professional all they need to know about infection control…A user-friendly, valuable source of knowledge on a subject that can be confusing and complicated.” (Nursing Standard, June 2011)


5* Amazon review: Vital to the healthcare profession of today. With the current high profile of infection prevention and control, at last, an up to date resource that makes the subject very interesting and readable.
The author includes the history and science, along with the latest Government guidelines on the prevention and control of infection. It not only gives the reader an understanding of the background of the subject, but also enables them to put theory into practice. In my opinion this is the most important book any healthcare professional or healthcare student can own.