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Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) is a practical evidence-based approach preventing patients and healthcare workers from being harmed by preventable infections (WHO).

The IPC programme in SVPH is a multi-disciplinary programme striving to minimise or eliminate the risk of transmission of infection to our patients, staff and visitors

All staff are trained using the WHO 5 moments for hand hygiene. 

All patients, staff and visitors are asked to use the alcohol based hand rub dispensers, available at the entrance to each ward, in all public areas, and both inside and outside each patient room. The sink in each of our patient rooms is designed and intended specifically for hand washing only.

  • Standard infection control precautions underpin routine safe practice, protecting both staff and patients from infection. They include hand hygiene, appropriate use of personal protective equipment, safer sharps practices, risk assessment and decontamination of medical devices.
  • Good hand hygiene is one of the most important elements in reducing transmission of infectious agents, during delivery of care. It is a process to remove potentially harmful micro-organisms from the skin by effective, timely hand hygiene: reducing the risk of cross-infection to our patients, staff and others


Screening programme

At St. Vincent’s Private Hospital, we have a surveillance screening programme in place, where each patient admitted for an overnight stay, is tested for the carriage of clinically significant microorganisms (examples of these include MRSA,CPE,VRE)

This helps us to identify potential infection risks, provide treatment where appropriate and adopt the necessary precautions.

Information leaflets regarding these and other healthcare-associated infections are available on the website . Please ask one of your nurses for further information.