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Methods of preventing infection transmission via an inert agent


You should use the following routine infection control precautions: 

  1. maintain good hand hygiene,201  
  2. maintain good respiratory and cough etiquette,  
  3. wear suitable personal protective equipment where appropriate, 
  4. decontaminate equipment after use,  
  5. decontaminate used linen 
  6. decontaminate the environment by: 
    • keeping it visibly clean and free from clutter and dust 
    • undertaking regular routine cleaning (and disinfection where appropriate) in line with national cleaning standards. The frequency and level of decontamination may increase when there is a public health requirement to do so, such as during a local outbreak or pandemic 
    • Appropriately decontaminating spills of blood and other bodily fluid. 


201 National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (2017) Healthcare-associated infections: prevention and control in primary and community care. Clinical Guideline 139 [Accessed 1 Nov 2023]