Section 1: Principles Introduction to Microbiology. Understanding the microbiology laboratory. The epidemiology of infection and strategies for prevention. The immune system and the immunocompromised patient. A guide to antimicrobial chemotherapy. Micro-organisms and their control. Section 2: Practice Standard infection control precautions. Preventing wound infection. Preventing infection associated with intravascular therapy. Preventing infection associated with urethral catheters. Preventing infection of the respiratory tract. Preventing gastrointestinal infection. Cleaning, disinfection and sterilization. Management of the infectious patient. Ectoparasitic infections and environmental infestations.