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Students are expected to be familiar with infection control procedures and adhere to these when seeing patients. Standard precautions are safe working practices required for the basic level of infection control. They are practices that reduce the risk of mucocutaneous exposure to blood and body fluids and include handwashing, immunisation, sharps safety and injury prevention and the use of personal protective equipment. These precautions are recommended in the care of all patients and their body substances. Additional precautions are required when dealing with selected patients – you should ask the nursing staff if additional precautions are necessary.

Students must also maintain their own personal health and not work with patients when suffering from infectious disorders themselves eg flu, vomiting and diarrhoea. If you have any questions about your health status these should be discussed with the Infection Control CNC in the facility you are working in.

Further information on infection control can be obtained from the NSW Health Infection Control Policy.

You should familiarise yourself with the actions to be taken in the event of a needlestick injury or other exposure to blood or body fluids. Please click here for further information.