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Aseptic technique

Aseptic technique protects patients during invasive clinical procedures by employing infection control measures that minimise, as far as practicably possible, the presence of pathogenic organisms.

Good aseptic technique procedures help prevent and control healthcare associated infections.

While the principles of aseptic technique remain constant for all procedures, the level of practice will change depending upon a standard risk assessment.

Aseptic technique is a key component of Standard 3 of the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards which are intended to prevent or minimise the risk of introducing harmful infectious agents into sterile areas of the body when undertaking clinical procedures.

Further information and resources

Standard 3 Aseptic Technique Learning module (Victoria Health)

Aseptic Technique Risk Matrix (Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care)

Aseptic Non Touch Technique (ANTT®)

Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control aseptic technique resources

Last updated: 26 July 2019