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National Infection Prevention and Control Manual

National Infection Prevention and Control Manual

Quality improvement tools

Quality improvement tools provide short practice points which when followed correctly can help reduce HAIs and improve patient safety.

These quality improvement tools are based on scientific literature reviews and practice recommendations from ARHAI Scotland. 

Materials including posters are available for the following procedures/situations:

Taking a sample for blood culture


Inserting and maintaining a urinary catheter (UC)

Acute Settings
Community Settings

Inserting and maintaining a central vascular catheter (CVC)

Neonatal settings 
Paediatric settings
Adult settings


Inserting and maintaining a peripheral vascular catheter (PVC)


Person with a known or suspected CDI


Patient needing a surgical procedure


Ventilator Associated Pneumonia (VAP) Prevention

  • Literature review
  • Bundle: Please see the SICSAG website for access to the VAP bundle which was updated in 2016. This is the most recent version of the bundle and may not reflect some of the evidence included in the updated ARHAI Scotland VAP Literature Review.