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Fundamentals of Infection Prevention and Control. Theory and Practice. 2nd Edition

  • ID: 2489173
  • Book
  • September 2013
  • 400 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Fundamentals of Infection Prevention and Control

Theory and Practice Second Edition

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 area

Accessible and user–friendly, with a range of features to help study including key

definitions, links back to clinical practice, and chapter learning outcomes and summaries

Features an increased clinical focus, with more application to practice

Accompanied by an online resource centre with fantastic extras for both

lecturers and students.

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multiple choice questions

case scenarios for downloading

fact sheets for downloading

When you purchase the book you also receive access to the Wiley E–Text: Powered by

VitalSource. This is an interactive digital version of the book, featuring downloadable text and images, highlighting and note–taking facilities, bookmarking, cross–referencing, in–text searching, and linking to references and abbreviations. Fundamentals of Infection Prevention and Control is also available on CourseSmart, offering extra functionality as well as an immediate way to access the book. For more details, see
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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
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Debbie Weston
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