The aim is to develop and
publish up-to-date, scientifically based guidelines for infection
prevention in hospitals, nursing homes, institutions for the mentally
handicapped, dental care and homecare.
The guidelines are drawn up
by special committees that include members of the working group and
professionals from the field, who cooperate and advise if necessary.
The guidelines aim at the
prevention of infection in patients and in hospital staff and are meant to
be a helping hand in the preparation of local guidelines. The guidelines
cover a wide range of topics, including general personal hygiene,
disinfection and sterilization, tuberculosis and MRSA. Besides these,
there are guidelines for the prudent use of medical equipment and
appliances such as catheters, scopes and nebulizers and guidelines for
infection prevention in specific departments in a hospital such as
neonatology, operating rooms etc..
The guidelines are considered
professional standards and are used as such by the Public Health
Besides making guidelines the
working party also has an advice centre. This advice centre answers
questions on infection prevention and hospital epidemiology either by
phone, letter or e-mail.
The guidelines are written in
the Dutch and in the English language.
For information you
can contact us either by e-mail, telephone, fax or by post.
Dutch Workingparty on
Leyden University Medical Center
C-9 room 43
P/O Box 9600
2300 RC Leiden