Infection Control

Get the latest journal updates and news from our Infection Control Current Awareness Service.

HealthCare Associated Infections (HCAI) – from the department of Health

National Resource for Infection Control (NRIC)

NICE Guidelines CG2 - infection control guidelines

RCN Infection Control - see left-hand menu for more details,including publications

Health Protection Agency

National Patient Safety Agency


Try searching for subjects:

  • Cross infection - Prevention
  • Hospitals – Sanitation
  • Medical personnel - Health and hygiene

Here are some resources related to specific infection outbreaks

Resources related to Flu outbreaks:

Cochrane Library Special Collection - Influenza: evidence from Cochrane Reviews

Flu Fighter - campaign to encourage healthcare staff to get vaccinated against flu. This site includes resources to help NHS organisations deliver their own flu fighter campaign. 

Flu Fighter on Twitter - for the latest news about the campaign.

NHS Website: Flu - patient-focused information about flu from the NHS website.

Public Health England - Pandemic flu: public health response

Resources related to the Ebola outbreak (2014):

Related terms

Ebola virus disease,  Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever, Ebola Haemorrhagic Fever, Viral Haemorrhagic Fever, Viral Haemorrhagic Fever.


Ebola virus disease: clinical management and guidance. Links to all guidelines.

Management of Hazard Group 4 viral haemorrhagic fevers and similar human infectious diseases of high consequence

Viral haemorrhagic fevers risks assessment algorithm


UK Government: UK Government Response

Public Health England: Ebola ; Viral Hemorrhagic Fever

World Health Organisation [WHO]: Ebola Fact Sheet ; Viral Haemorrhagic Fevers Topic Page ; WHO Statement on the Meeting of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee Regarding the 2014 Ebola Outbreak in West Africa

Médecins Sans Frontières: Ebola Emergency

Centres for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC]: Ebola Haemorrhagic Fever

Research / Searches

To search Medline use MeSH Term Hemorrhagic Fever, Ebola.

PubMed / PubMed Central latest research alert

Free to access online sources

Oxford University Press resources for Ebola World Health Emergency

PLOS One. An Open Access journal (No User Name or Passwords required. Just click through to see the full text.)

ThomsonReuters have released a number of resources relating to the ebola virus:


BBC News: Ebola Outbreak. Special Report

Twitter Hashtag #ebola. This links to Twitter. Twitter may be blocked on some NHS networks.

Resources related to the HAIs:

Cochrane Library Special Collection - Hospital-acquired Infection, includes MRSA, pneumonia, urinary tract infections and surgical infections

NICE guidance

Public Health England:

A number of publishers are making coronavirus-related resources and articles freely available. 

Here are some of the ones we have been made aware of:

BMJ relevant articles on coronavirus are being made freely available

Cochrane Library - special collections evidence relevant to critical care and infection control and prevention measures for Covid-19

Dynamed - the Covid-19 topic is freely available. UHNM users who login via OpenAthens can "Follow" the topic to get updates sent to their email.

Elsevier - have published articles, videos and more in their Coronavirus Information Centre

Lancet - have published a Covid-19 Resource Centre, and are making articles on this topic freely available

Oxford Journals - online content from leading journals has been made available

NEJM freely available articles available from NEJM

Public Health England Library Service - updates available and collections listed

Pubmed - a review article is being published in pubmed and regularly updated Features, Evaluation and Treatment Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists - have created a guidance page on Coronavirus (COVID-19) infection and pregnancy

Wiley - a range of articles from Wiley publications are being made freely available

WHO latest updates from the World Health Organisation, including a page on the global research

If you are aware of anything else significant that you think should be added to the list please either make a comment below or send the details to the eResources Librarian I will add any new items to this blog post.

A note about running searches in HDAS:

Freely available articles wont be identified as available within an HDAS search (ie you won't get a link unless we have a sub to the journal) - as we can't add individual articles to the link resolver. Therefore if you are doing a coronavirus-related search, you'll need to check separately whether the article is freely available or not.