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UNE 179006 Surveillance, prevention and control of infections related to health care
UNE 179006 Surveillance, prevention and control of infections related to health care

UNE 179006 Surveillance, prevention and control of infections related to health care

​UNE 179006: System for the surveillance, prevention and control of infections related to health care in hospitals.

Infection currently constitutes one of the most significant risks that can affect patients during the care process. The Survey of the prevalence of nosocomial infections in Spanish hospitals (EPINE) indicates that, in 2011, between 6.1% and 6.5% of hospitalised patients had an infection related to their health care, and this percentage increased to between 6.9% and 7.5% in hospitals with more than 500 beds. Furthermore, the National Study on Adverse Effects (ENEAS), related with health care, indicated that, in 2005, 25.34% of adverse effected detected were related with the presence of an infection that developed in hospitals. As a result, reducing this risk is a quality objective in most hospitals.

On the basis of the results of the SENIC study (Study of the Efficacy of Nosocomial Infection Control), there is a scientific basis that demonstrates that the implementation of infection surveillance, prevention and control programmes in hospitals, can significantly reduce the risk of infection.

The aim of this standard is to establish the minimum requirements of a system to manage the surveillance, prevention and control of infections related with health care, with a view to identify and minimise the risks of contracting and transmitting infections between patients, staff and visitors in hospitals.

This standard is applicable for hospitals that want to:

  1.  implement, maintain, document and improve the effectiveness of infection control, to prevent ARIs;
  2.  verify conformity with the requirements of this standard to inform customers and authorities;
  3.  establish a self-assessment system;
The certificate of this standard awarded to a healthcare organisation guarantees that the user has implemented a policy for the surveillance, prevention and control of infections, and is able to meet the objectives established by the organisation in this respect.

UNE 179006 certification of the System for the surveillance, prevention and control of infections related to health care in hospitals, can be perfectly integrated with the management system ISO 9001.

Once the Audit process is complete, if the system in place adapts to the requirements of standard UNE 179006 of the System for the surveillance, prevention and control of infections related with health care in hospitals, the organisation obtains:

  • The AENOR Certificate of UNE 179006 System for the surveillance, prevention and control of infections related to health care in hospitals
  • AENOR's licence to use the UNE 179006 Mark on the System for the surveillance, prevention and control of infections related to health care in hospitals.
  • Furthermore, organisations with management systems certified by AENOR have free access to the AENORnet and a subscription to the AENOR monthly magazine.

AENOR Certificate of UNE 179006 System for the surveillance, prevention and control of infections related to health care in hospitals

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Patient Safety


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