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OneTogether Infection Prevention Assessment Tool

Released on - 23/08/2016

OneTogether Infection Prevention Assessment Tool

OneTogether is a partnership between leading professional organisations with an interest in the prevention of surgical site infection (SSI). The partnership has been initiated as a quality improvement collaborative with the aim of promoting and supporting the adoption of best practice to prevent SSI throughout the patient’s surgical journey.


  • The founding partners in OneTogether are:
  • Association for Perioperative Practice (AfPP)
  • Infection Prevention Society (IPS)
  • College of Operating Department Practitioners (CODP)
  • Royal College of Nursing (RCN)
  • 3M Company

The OneTogether assessment tool has been designed to demonstrate infection prevention compliance across the surgical pathway. It a supports staff in addressing challenges identified throughout the pre, intra and post-operative stages of surgery. The tool also acknowledges the difference in practice across differing specialities. The standards included in the assessment tool have been derived from national evidence-based guidelines or expert recommendations from professional bodies (see Appendix 1).

The assessment tool supports close collaboration between infection prevention teams and surgical teams. The exercise is proposed as quality improvement in practice, and the intention is to increase understanding of current infection prevention guidance and the challenges in implementation. Results from the assessment tool will support identification of areas for improvement, and in conjunction with a risk assessment, ensure resources are appropriately allocated.

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