The College of Optometrists

Methods of preventing infection transmission via an inert agent

You should use the following routine infection control precautions (refer to COVID-19 guidance):
  1. maintain good hand hygiene,188 see paragraphs B21-B34
  2. decontaminate equipment after use, see paragraphs B57-B81
  3. disinfect used linen
  4. decontaminate the environment by:
    • keeping it clean and free from dust
    • disinfecting spills of body fluid.


188 National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (2017) Healthcare-associated infections: prevention and control in primary and community care. Clinical Guideline 139 [Accessed 1 Dec 2020]

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