The College of Optometrists

Methods of preventing infection transmission via an inert agent

You should use the following routine infection control precautions:
  1. maintain good hand hygiene,153 see paras B19-B32
  2. decontaminate equipment after use, see paras B55-B79
  3. disinfect used linen, and
  4. decontaminate the environment:
    • keep it clean and free from dust, and
    • disinfect spills of body fluid.


153 National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (2017) Healthcare-associated infections: prevention and control in primary and community care. Clinical Guideline 139 [Accessed 14 Feb 2018]

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