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Healthcare Associated Infections

HAI News

Obtaining catheter and midstream specimen of urine

NES have published new resources to support all health and care staff who require to obtain or support a person on how to take specimens of urine. The resources outline the signs and symptoms of the various types of urinary tract infections, the correct procedure to follow for collecting a catheter urine specimen to reduce possible contamination and incorrect diagnosis and antibiotic treatment.


Printed pocket guides and videos are available via the links below.


How to take a catheter specimen of urine (CSU)


How to take a midstream specimen of urine (MSU)

Using audits to support improved practice

The e-learning module on “Using audits to support improved practice” will help staff in acute hospitals to:

 Identify areas for improvement following a reusable non-invasive patient care equipment audit

  • Identify the reasons why practices sometimes “go wrong” and why they “go right”
  • Take practical actions to improve practices where you work.

You can find further information from the NES website.

Clinical Management of Clostridium Difficile Infection

The e-learning module on “Clinical management of Clostridium difficile infection” will help staff in any care setting to

  • Manage a first episode and a first recurrence of CDI using national algorithms
  • identify CDI severity markers
  • review medications that may exacerbate CDI symptoms

You can find further information from the NES website

Disposal of linen unfit for re-use

We have developed a brief job aid / handout for all healthcare staff who handle, segregate and process hospital laundry, to raise awareness of the need to return all linen unfit for re-use to laundry for disposal. The resource answers key questions on what to do if staff come across linen that is unfit for re-use.

This brief 2-page resource can be used in various ways, e.g. in toolbox talks as a handout, teaching aid, etc.

You can download the document from the NES website.

Resource leaflet Spring 2019 now available - April 2019

The new resource leaflet for 2019 is now available. The leaflet details all the HAI resources and now includes health protection resources.  Download a copy of the leaflet or contact for hard copies.

Resource leaflet (pdf)

Latest edition of the ARHAI e-bulletin out - July 2019

The latest edition of the HAI e-bulletin is out - download your copy

SIPCEP Evaluation: your chance to get involved and have your say - February 2019

If you have completed any of the modules from the SIPCEP Foundation Layer, support learners using SIPCEP Foundation Layer modules or are involved in the delivery of SIPCEP, we would like to hear your views and would be delighted if you could participate in the evaluation.

You will find all the details in the Participant Information Guide including dates and location options on pages 4 and 5.  Closing date for submission to participate is 6th March 2019. 

If you have any questions about the evaluation please contact

SIPCEP Foundation Layer Evaluation - Sept 2018

We will shortly start an evaluation of the SIPCEP Foundation Layer, to assess if the project aims have been achieved, and how we can best make further improvements. A Short Life Working Group met for the first time on 20 September 2018. If you have completed the feedback form for any of the Foundation Layer modules and have agreed to be contacted for further feedback, you might be contacted soon. Any questions please contact

Highlighting year one of the SIPCEP journey - August 2018

We have created an infographic to provide a snapshot of the SIPCEP year one journey across health, social care and higher education in Scotland. Take a look at the results. Download the SIPCEP Infographic.

Earlier news articles can be found on the news archive page.