HIS Guidelines

Guidelines produced by HIS working parties and in collaboration with other professional organisations.


Guidelines for the facilities required for minor surgical procedures and minimal access interventions, 2012 – review conclusion.   

The literature and evidence base underpinning these guidelines was reviewed in 2016 to determine if the guidelines, published in 2012, needed to be revised or updated.  However, since being published there has been no additional significant evidence relating to measures or facilities to prevent infection arising from minor surgery or minimal access interventions.  Consequently, the advice and recommendations in this document still stand and are current.  The literature will again be reviewed in 2019 to determine if these guidelines need to be revised and updated.


Current Guidelines and Advice Documents

Treatment of infections caused by multidrug-resistant Gram-negative bacteria: report of the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy/Healthcare Infection Society/British Infection Association Joint Working Party [2018]*  NICE Accredited

Surveillance of infection associated with external ventricular drains: proposed methodology and results from a pilot study [2017] *

Decontamination of breast pump milk collection kits and related items at home and in hospital: guidance from a Joint Working Group of the Healthcare Infection Society and Infection Prevention Society [2016] * 

Prevention and control of multi-drug-resistant Gram-negative bacteria: recommendations from a Joint Working Party [2016] * NICE Accredited

Development of a sporicidal test method for Clostridium difficile [HIS, 2015]*

epic3: National Evidence-Based Guidelines for Preventing HCAI in NHS Hospitals in England [2014] # NICE Accredited

Guidance on the use of respiratory and facial protection equipment [2013]

Guidelines on the facilities required for minor surgical procedures and minimal access interventions [2012] #†

Guidelines for prevention and control of group A streptococcal infection in acute healthcare and maternity settings in the UK [2012] #

Guidelines for the management of norovirus outbreaks in acute and community health and social care settings [2012] #

Guidelines for the control and prevention of meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in healthcare facilities [HIS, 2006]¤Ω

Guidelines for the control of glycopeptide-resistant enterococci in hospitals [HIS, 2006] ¤

National Glycopeptide-Resistant Enterococcal Bacteraemia Surveillance Working Group Report to the Department of Health — March 2006 [HIS, 2006] ¤

National Clostridium difficile Standards Group: Report to the Department of Health [HIS, 2004] ¤

Behaviours and rituals in the operating theatre [HIS, 2002¤Ω

Microbiological commissioning and monitoring of operating theatre suites [HIS, 2002] ¤Ω

Rinse water for heat labile endoscopy equipment [HIS, 2002] ¤Ω

Key to categorisation: *Current < 3 years old; # Some recommendations may be out of date 3-7 years old; ! use with caution >7 years old; ¤ Withdrawn or supersded (over 10 years old);Ω update in preparation; † See top of page