Infection prevention and control guidelines

4. Aseptic technique

Resources and references

      1. Resources and references

Last revised: 18 Aug 2023

Resources and references


Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care: Aseptic technique

Applying standard and transmission-based precautions during procedures. In: NHMRC. Australian guidelines for the prevention and control of infection in healthcare (2019)

Wounds Australia information and education resources

Australasian College of Perioperative Nurses (ACORN) standards for perioperative nursing

Relevant Australian standards

Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. GP Standard 4. Criterion GP4.1 – Infection prevention and control, including sterilisation. In: Standards for general practices. 5th Edition. East Melbourne, Vic: RACGP, 2020.


  1. National Health and Medical Research Council. Australian guidelines for the prevention and control of infection in healthcare (2019). Version 11.12 Updated March 2022. Canberra: National Health and Medical Research Council; 2019 [Accessed 1 September 2022]. 
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  3. Atkins S. Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control Aseptic Technique Symposium: ACIPC; 2017. [Accessed 3 October 2022].
  4. Rowley S, Clare S, Macqueen S, et al. ANTT v2: An updated practice framework for aseptic technique. Br J Nurse 2010; 19: S5-S11.
  5. Atiyeh BS, Dibo SA, Hayek SN. Wound cleansing, topical antiseptics and wound healing. Int Wound J 2009; 6: 420-430.