The page hosts a range of ICAN member only content, this page is updated each month with new information and links as they become available.  Resources are hosted on a variety of Infection Prevention and Control topics applicable to a variety of specialties. If you have a request for the inclusion of a particular resource or information pack please email

Antimicrobial Stewardship - From Principles to PracticeBritish Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy This book provides significantly expanded content and experience in relation to a broader antimicrobial stewardship context- for example, stewardship in specific populations, different countries as well as the role of different professions in stewardship to political and media engagement. Guidelines
Antimicrobial Stewardship Guidelines - Governance June 2017Department of Health Republic of South Africa A blueprint for the steps to be taken by South African healthcare and veterinary workforce to enact AMS at national, provincial, district and health establishment levels as appropriate.Guidelines
Core Elements of Human Antibiotic Stewardship Programs in Resource-Limited SettingsCenter for Disease Control This document seeks to provide a framework for thinking about implementation of antibiotic stewardship programs in such settings and the approach outlined here is based on expert opinion and experiences in implementing ASPs in the United States and globally. The document includes both national and facility-level activities, as the former are a critical compliment to the activities that are undertaken in hospitals and other health care facilities. Guidelines
Covid 19 Disease Infection Prevention And Control GuidelinesSouth African Department of Health This document provides guidance regarding infection prevention and control in healthcare facilities with specific reference to COVID-19. It should be read in conjunction with the National Infection Prevention and Control Strategic Framework and the Practical Manual for the Implementation of the National Infection Prevention and Control Strategic Framework both released in March 2020.Guidelines
Decontamination and Reprocessing of Medical Devices for Health-care FacilitiesWorld Health Organisation Guidance on the sterilization and decontamination of instruments and medical devices.Guidelines
Global Guidelines for the Prevention Of Surgical Site InfectionWorld Health Organisation Guidance on the prevention and reduction of surgical site infection (SSI)Guidelines
Global Priority List of Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria to Guide Research, Discovery, and Development of New AntibioticsWorld Health Organisation Global priority pathogens list (global PPL) of antibiotic-resistant bacteria to help in prioritizing the research and
development (R&D) of new and effective antibiotic treatments.
Guide to Infection Control in the Healthcare SettingInternational Society for Infectious Diseases The field of infection prevention has grown in importance over the last 30 years. The science of infection prevention, like others, is in constant evolution. With the collaboration of international leaders and front-line practitioners from around the world, we summarize the most up to date principles, interventions, and strategies for maximizing the reduction of healthcare associated infections.Guidelines
Guidelines for the prevention and control of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, Acinetobacter baumannii and Pseudomonas aeruginosa in health care facilitiesWorld Health Organisation The objectives of the guidelines are to provide an evidence-based recommendations on the early recognition and specific required IPC practices and procedures to effectively prevent the occurrence and control the spread of CRE-CRAB-CRPsA colonization and/or infection in acute health care facilities and an evidence-based framework to help inform the development and/or strengthening of national and facility IPC policies and programmes to control the transmission of CRE-CRAB-CRPsA in a variety of health care settingsGuidelines
Guidelines on Core Components of Infection Prevention and Control Programmes at the National and Acute Health Care Facility LevelWorld Health Organisation These guidelines are intended to support IPC improvement at the national and facility level, both in public services and private sector. Guidelines
Handle Antibiotics with CareWorld Health Organisation Leaflet on Antimicrobial ResistanceGuidelines
Health care without avoidable infections The critical role of infection prevention and controlWorld Health Organisation Overview document highlighting the importance of good infection prevention and control practiceGuidelines
Implementation manual to prevent and control the spread of carbapenem-resistant organisms at the national and health care facility levelWorld Health Organisation Interim practical manual supporting implementation of the Guidelines for the prevention and control of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, Acinetobacter baumannii and Pseudomonas aeruginosa in health care facilities
Infection prevention and control during health care for probable or confirmed cases of novel coronavirus (nCoV) infectionWorld Health Organisation Interim guidance and evidence-based recommendations for the safe care of patients with probable or confirmed novel coronavirus (nCoV) infectionGuidelines
Infection-control Measures For Health Care Of Patients With Acute Respiratory Diseases In Community SettingsWorld Health Organisation This document is intended for community health workers (CHWs) and other HCWs providing care for patients with ARDs and advice on safe care in the home for the families of the patients. This document presents information about certain kinds of ARDs such as SARS and avian influenza because these are of potential concern as risks to global public health, but also includes information that applies to all ARDs.Guidelines
Interim Practical Manual supporting national implementation of the WHO Guidelines on Core Components of Infection Prevention and Control ProgrammesWorld Health Organisation This practical manual is designed to support implementation of the World Health Organization (WHO) Guidelines on core components of infection prevention and control programmes at the national level, with special focus on
countries with limited resources.
National Infection Prevention And Control Strategic Framework March 2020NDP Current threats posed by epidemics such as Ebola and cholera, pandemics like influenza, and antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in bacteria have become increasingly evident as ongoing universal challenges to public health.Guidelines
Natural Ventilation For Infection Control In Health-Care SettingsWorld Health Organisation This guideline is primarily developed for engineers and architects who design or operate health-care facilities. The guideline is also useful for health-care workers, particularly infection-control professionals who work in health-care facilities. The guideline recognizes that the hospital designers, operators and health-care workers need to work together for effective infection control.Guidelines
Practical Manual For Implementation Of The National IPC Strategic Framework March 2020NDP These implementation strategies should be read in conjunction with the National Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Strategic Framework (2019) to support an IPC programme at health facility level towards reducing healthcare-associated infections (HAI) and antimicrobial resistance (AMR).Guidelines
Water and Sanitation for Health Facility Improvement Tool (WASH FIT)World Health Organisation A practical guide for improving quality of care through water, sanitation and hygiene in health care facilities Guidelines
WHO Guidelines On Hand Hygiene In Health CareWorld Health Organisation The WHO Guidelines on Hand Hygiene in Health Care provide health-care workers (HCWs), hospital administrators and health authorities with a thorough review of evidence on hand hygiene in health care and specific recommendations to improve practices and reduce transmission of pathogenic microorganisms to patients and HCWs. Guidelines
WHO Guidelines on Tuberculosis Infection Prevention and Control 2019 UpdateWorld Health Organisation WHO updated guidelines on TB infection prevention and control. These guidelines outline a new evidence-based framework that promotes the implementation of an integrated package of Infection Prevention & Control (IPC) interventions based on administrative, engineering, and respiratory protection controls. This will contribute to cutting transmission and reducing the burden of TB illness and death to reach the global targets of the End TB Strategy and the political declaration of the UN High Level meeting on TB.Guidelines
WHO Policy On TB Infection Control In Health-Care Facilities, Congregate Settings And HouseholdsWorld Health Organisation This document is an evidence-based policy for the implementation of sound tuberculosis (TB) infection control by all stakeholders. TB infection control is a combination of measures aimed at minimizing the risk of TB transmission within populations. The foundation of infection control is early and rapid diagnosis, and proper management of TB patients. TB infection control requires and complements implementation of core activities in TB control, HIV control and health-systems strengthening. It should be part of national infection prevention and control policies because it complements such policies – in particular, those that target airborne infections.Guidelines
WHO Respiratory InfectionsWorld Health Organisation This document is an update to the World Health Organization (WHO) interim guidelines Infection prevention and control of epidemic- and pandemic-prone acute respiratory diseases in health care (2007). These updated guidelines incorporate the emergency guidance given in the WHO publication Infection prevention and control during health care for confirmed, probable, or suspected cases of pandemic (H1N1) 2009 virus infection and influenza-like
illness (2009).