Infection Prevention and Control


“An essential guide for infection prevention and control for all health practitioners working in resource-limited areas.”—Professor Lucille Blumberg

“A very comprehensive and clearly written infection prevention and control manual applicable to all healthcare workers”—Briëtte du Toit, Infection Prevention and Control Specialist, Mediclinic Southern Africa

Infection Prevention and Control is a must-have manual for nurses, doctors, and health administrators, and especially those in resource-limited settings. It covers:

  • IPC programmes
  • micro-organisms relevant to infection prevention and control
  • risk assessment and management
  • hand hygiene
  • health facility design
  • cleaning and waste management
  • outbreak surveillance and investigation
  • tuberculosis IPC
  • antimicrobial stewardship
  • COVID-19

This programme is based on courses developed and run by the Unit for Infection Prevention and Control at Stellenbosch University and Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa.

Funding for development of this book was generously provided by the Stellenbosch University Rural Medical Education Partnership Initiative (SURMEPI) project. SURMEPI is funded by the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS relief (PEPFAR) through HRSA under the term T84HA21652. We gratefully acknowledge the input and contribution of clinical cases and multiple choice questions from Infection Prevention and Control and Infectious Diseases practitioners around the globe. Many of these colleagues have been recognised as leaders in IPC in their home countries by the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America’s (SHEA) International IPC Ambassador programme.

Royalties from the sale of this book go to the Infection Control Africa Network (ICAN).

ISBN (print edition): 978-1-920218-81-2
ISBN (reflowable edition): 978-1-928313-03-8
ISBN (international edition): 978-1-717898-01-2

About the author and editors of Infection Prevention and Control

Dr Angela Dramowski is a paediatric infectious diseases specialist with a passion for improving infection prevention and control practices and an interest in the education of healthcare professionals.

Prof David Woods is a retired neonatologist and the editor-in-chief of the renowned Perinatal Education Programme. He is passionate about self-empowered distance learning for all health professionals. His work is funded by Eduhealthcare.

Prof Shaheen Mehtar is a retired Infection Prevention and Control expert, who remains actively involved in the field as the chair of the Infection Control Africa Network (ICAN). She also serves as an adviser and committee member on several World Health Organisation (WHO) working groups.

Reviews for Infection Prevention and Control

The book is comprehensive and covers every important aspect of infection prevention and control in different healthcare settings. It is an easy guide for healthcare workers dealing with IPC issues to refer to on a daily basis. In my opinion it is not only a must-read for all undergraduate nursing and medical students, but also for all qualified nurses and doctors. Although for the latter it may be obvious things, it is often the obvious that is most often neglected and this book will reinforce the basic IPC measures that we ALL in healthcare should know and be practicing.’ —Professor Simon Schaaf, Paediatric Infectious Diseases, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

‘This book highlights a critical dimension of quality in healthcare: SAFETY. In the current South African healthcare context, challenged with resource constraints and limited related technical expertise, this book offers a much needed knowledge guide with a difference. Its comprehensive scope, detailed, easy-to-understand narrative and practical focus reflects an insight and understanding of the status quo and operational challenges of infection prevention and control practices within our local healthcare industry. It also highlights infection prevention control as a key management function to drive quality improvement and safety for all. If coordinated effectively, the utilization of this critical resource will have far-reaching benefits, especially in low resource healthcare settings. I am excited at the prospect of having this book available as a resource for healthcare workers in district health services.’ —Zulfa Francis, Quality Manager, Metro District Health Services, Western Cape Department of Health

Acknowledgements for Infection Prevention and Control

Contributors (clinical cases, multiple choice questions and chapter reviews)

  • Dr Pierre AbiHanna, MD, Rafik Hariri University Hospital, Chief of the Infectious Disease Division, Lebanon
  • Sr Marina Aucamp, RN, B Soc Sc Nursing, PG Dip Infection Control, Academic Unit for Infection Prevention and Control, Tygerberg Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Dr Regina Berba, MD, MSc (Clinical Epidemiology), Philippine General Hospital, University of the Philippines, Phillippines Dr Mirian Dal Ben, MD, MS, Infectious Disease Physician and Hospital Epidemiologist, Hospital Sírio Libanês and Hospital das Clínicas of University of São Paulo, Brazil
  • Mr Boniface Hakizimana, Infection Control Coordinator, University Teaching Hospital of Butare, Rwanda
  • Dr Basudha Khanal, MBBS, MD, Department of Microbiology, BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan, Nepal
  • Dr Katerina Mougkou, MD, Collaborative Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Outcomes Research (CLEO), Athens Medical School, Greece
  • Dr Chimanjita Phukan, MBBS, MD (Microbiology), Gauhati Medical College and Hospital, Guwahati, Assam, India
  • Dr María Inés Staneloni, MD, Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Sr Anna Vorndran, B.Cur, Higher Dip. Business Management, Academic Unit for Infection Prevention and Control, Stellenbosch University, South Africa