Infection prevention and control

Evidence, guidelines and publications

Setting standards through the development of WHO evidence-based recommendations and operating procedures, drives appropriate infection prevention and control (IPC) practices. Guidelines give direction on the effective application of IPC programmes, the safe use of invasive devices, the right infrastructure and resources to achieve good IPC standards, including actions such as hand hygiene at the point of care. Based on systematic reviews, as well as presenting practical country examples, expert consensus guidelines developed by WHO are inherently linked to focusing on implementation and mean that countries and health facilities can prioritise practical actions for improvement based on these reviews.

Hand hygiene

Injection safety

Surgical site infections

Core components for IPC

Other interventions