NICE Quality Standard QS61: Infection Prevention and Control (NICE)


Last month, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published the quality standard “Infection prevention and control (QS61)”, which covers the prevention and control of infection in people receiving healthcare, whether in primary, community or secondary care settings.

“Settings include hospitals, general practices, dental clinics, health centres, care homes, the person’s own home, schools and prisons providing healthcare, and care delivered by the ambulance service and mental health services”.

Sections in this quality standard comprise:

  1. Introduction.
  2. List of quality statements.
  3. Quality statement 1: Antimicrobial stewardship.
  4. Quality statement 2: Organisational responsibility.
  5. Quality statement 3: Hand decontamination.
  6. Quality statement 4: Urinary catheters.
  7. Quality statement 5: Vascular access devices.
  8. Quality statement 6: Educating people about infection prevention and control.
  9. Using the quality standard.
  10. Diversity, equality and language.
  11. Development sources.
  12. Related NICE Quality Standards.
  13. Quality Standards Advisory Committee and NICE project team.
  14. About this quality standard.

Full Text Link


Infection prevention and control: quality standard (QS61). London [Online]: National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), April 2014.

Updated NICE Care Pathway

There is an accompanying NICE Care Pathway:

Full Text Link


Prevention and control of healthcare-associated infections. NICE Pathways. London: National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, updated April 2014.

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