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Aseptic Technique

This online programme has been developed to provide healthcare staff with the knowledge and understanding of aseptic technique.

These resources are part of the intermediate layer of the Scottish Infection Prevention and Control Education Pathway.  Further information about the pathway is available on the pathway webpage.


Aseptic Technique can be defined as a healthcare procedure designed to minimise the risks of exposing a patient to pathogenic micro-organisms during simple and complex procedures. The application of Aseptic Technique is central to reducing HAI and is vital in preventing infection associated with invasive devices within the hospital and community setting.

The Aseptic Technique e-learning programme was developed and launched in 2012. For the first time in NHSScotland there is a consistent message on the application of Asepsis and the programme is a vital component in supporting the NHS Boards to achieve their Staphylococcus Aureus Bacteraemia HEAT targets.

Target Audience

This programme is suitable for any practitioners working in the NHS or Non-NHS setting who are required to perform an Aseptic Technique.

Course Information

The programme consists of 7 modules:

  1. Principles of Aseptic Technique
  2. Insertion of a Peripheral Vascular Catheter
  3. Taking a Blood Culture Sample
  4. Inserting an Indwelling Urethral Catheter
  5. Applying Aseptic Technique when carrying out Wound Care
  6. Long Term Central Vascular Access Devices (currently unavailable)
  7. Management of Arteriovenous fistula (AVF)

Module 1 is mandatory.  You can only undertake the other modules when you have successfully completed this module.  Not all the modules will be relevant to all healthcare workers.   The modules can be completed according to your role, level of knowledge and current practice.

The full learning outcomes for each module can be downloaded by clicking on Aseptic Technique Module Learning Outcomes.


It is estimated that each module will take 30-45 mimutes to complete.  Each module will include a formal assessment. The pass rate is 75% Record of learning.

At the end of the module you can print off a record of learning as evidence of completion for your portfolio or training record.

Registration and Access

This e-learning resource is available on learnPro NHS for health boards.  Further information about registration and access can be found at our learnPro information page.

This e-learning resource is available on Turas Learn for NHS Grampain. Access the resource on Turas Learn (in the IPC Zone) at

Pocket Guides

Step by step sequential guide covering the preparation, aseptic procedure and post procedure for the following:

Insertion of a Peripheral Vascular Catheter (pdf)

Insertion of a Indwelling Urethral Catheter (pdf)

Taking a Blood Culture Sample (pdf)

Further Information

For further information please contact


Modules 1-5 launched 2012 and modules 6-7 launched 2014
Modules 1-5 last reviewed and updated March 2017
Modules 6 and 7 last reviewed and updated by May 2018