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Ayliffe's Control of Healthcare-Associated Infection

A Practical Handbook, 5th Edition

Edited by Adam Fraise, Christina Bradley

CRC Press

520 pages | 24 B/W Illus.

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The fifth edition of this classic text is the definitive, clinically orientated guide to a critical area within healthcare practice, full of sound, practical advice for all those involved in the control of infection in a variety of settings. Known in previous editions as Control of Hospital Infection, the new Ayliffe's Control of Healthcare-Associated Infection has again been brought up to date and thoroughly revised to emphasise the broader range of its coverage, from the hospital setting - including the ward, operating theatres, kitchens and laundry facilities - to health care provision in the community.

Returning readers will find that the content has also been restructured, improving access to related topics. Part One discusses the basic principles of infection control, including administrative issues, surveillance and reporting, sterilization, disinfection and decontamination, with an emphasis on the key area of hand hygiene. Part Two covers the specific areas of prophylaxis and treatment of infections. In Part Three prevention in different healthcare settings is presented, including issues particular to special wards and departments such as paediatric and neonatal units, intensive care, the elderly and those being treated or working within allied health areas such as x-ray, physiotherapy and the laboratory setting.

Ayliffe's Control of Healthcare-Associated Infection remains essential reading for all infection control practitioners, nurses, doctors, surgeons, allied health professionals, hospital managers and administrators, and public health personnel.


"The book contains several gems … It should be available to the legal department of every hospital, and to any non-specialist director of infection prevention and control, for these alone. Trainees in infection control and microbiology will certainly find it helpful."

Journal of Hospital Infection, 2009

"…an essential purchase for all infection control nurses, doctors and other health professionals in the field."

Nursing Standard

"For more than thirty years, Ayliffe's essential text has provided guidance in infection control… The authors have managed to strike a balance appropriate for the target audience which is wide, from students to specialists… The book covers most of the key areas including practical measures to improve quality of care, minimize risk, save lives, improve antibiotic use and reduce costs… Although infection control practices are in constant evolution, this book contains the most up to date principles and provides a practical approach for all healthcare staff. The fifth edition lives up to my expectations and I recommend it as an invaluable basic tool."

ACP News

Table of Contents

Basic principles

Administration and responsibility

Surveillance, audit, records and reports


Physical and chemical disinfection

Decontamination of equipment, the environment and the skin

Laundry, kitchens and healthcare waste

Prophylaxis and treatment of infections

Use of antimicrobial agents

Control of bloodborne viral infections

Immunization and specific prophylaxis

The role of occupational health services in the control of infection

Special problems of infections


Prevention of infection in wards and outpatient departments

Prevention of infection in special wards and departments

Prevention of infection in allied health areas and service departments

Infection prevention and control in the community

About the Editors

Adam P Fraise MB BS FRCPath

Consultant Medical Microbiologist and Director, Hospital Infection Research Laboratory, University Hospital Birmingham, Birmingham, UK

Christina Bradley AIBMS

Manager, Hospital Infection Research Laboratory, University Hospital Birmingham, Birmingham, UK

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Industries / Service Industries
MEDICAL / General
MEDICAL / Administration
MEDICAL / Infectious Diseases
MEDICAL / Public Health