COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control Manual

The purpose of this manual is to provide guidance on infection prevention and control requirements for the management of patients or clients with suspected, probable or confirmed COVID-19.

The target audience is staff working in acute and non-acute healthcare settings.

COVID-19 IPAC Manual

COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control Manual

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  • Chapter 1: Provides an introduction to the manual and guidance on infection prevention and control for the management of patients or clients with COVID-19.
  • Chapter 2: Provides an understanding of SARS-CoV-2, safe working principles and strategies to prevent or minimise transmission of COVID-19.
  • Chapter 3: Introduces the COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control Response and Escalation Framework, guidance on the levels of COVID-19 transmission risk, and associated infection prevention and control response.
  • Chapter 4: Provides guidance on the use of PPE in acute healthcare settings during the COVID-19 pandemic. The guidance in this chapter should be considered as the minimum.
  • Chapter 5: Focuses on reprocessing personal protective equipment and reusable medical devices.
  • Chapter 6: Provides advice on specific acute healthcare settings such as maternal and neonatal services and surgery. Further content will be added as updates.
  • Chapter 7: Provides specific infection prevention and control guidance for non-acute healthcare settings such as community health centres, primary care services, community services and outpatient settings.
  • Chapter 8: Provides specific infection prevention and control guidance for the care, assessment, treatment and support of patients/clients in their homes.

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Chapter 1 - Introduction to the manual


Chapter 2 - Infection prevention & control strategies for COVID-19


Chapter 3 - Response and Escalation Framework


Chapter 4 - Personal protective equipment


Chapter 5 - Reprocessing reusable devices


Chapter 6 - Specific healthcare settings


Chapter 7 - Non-acute healthcare settings


Chapter 8 - Home visits