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Towards cleaner hospitals and lower rates of infection: A summary of action.

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Abstract: 
The report presents an action plan for cleaner hospitals and lower rates of infection. The plan is about being open with and giving power to patients, introduction of the matron’s charter, independent inspection to measure progress, learning from the best, and harnessing the latest research and technology. Its aim is to encourage collaborative working, and ensure that everyone meets the standards of the best to maintain public confidence and lower rates of infection
Authors: 
Department of Health (DH)
Category: 
Control
Management
Prevention
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Summary:
The report presents an action plan for cleaner hospitals and lower rates of infection. The plan is about being open with and giving power to patients, introduction of the matron’s charter, independent inspection to measure progress, learning from the best, and harnessing the latest research and technology. Its aim is to encourage collaborative working, and ensure that everyone meets the standards of the best to maintain public confidence and lower rates of infection
Questions Addressed:
It is summary of action bringing cleanliness and infection control together in one document and a framework to enable local trusts to recapture a sense of joint ownership for cleanliness and infection control and to use as a basis for developing services which reflect best practice available
Type of Study:
Policy, report
Methods Valid:
Methods Valid Detail:

The report is a summary only and based on work already underway (appendix 1 of the report) It will be followed by further guidance on each of the areas highlighted, and is therefore is rather short on detail

Results Reliability:
Based on the premise that cleanliness contributes to infection control, but preventing infection requires more than simple cleanliness. This is an important message as the scientific evidence that the environment is an important contributor to infection rates is not always clear.
Problems or Biases:

Based on the premise that cleanliness contributes to infection control, but preventing infection requires more than simple cleanliness. This is an important message as the scientific evidence that the environment is an important contributor to infection rates is not always clear.

Relevant Studies:

1. NHS Plan 20002. National Standards of cleanliness in the NHS (?date)www.nhsestates.gov.uk 3. The NHS Healthcare Cleaning Manual March 2004 4. A Matrons Charter: An Action Plan for Cleaner Hospitals 20045. HFN 30 - Infection Control in the Built environment: Design and planning (2002) NHS Estates http://www.dh.gov.uk/PolicyAndGuidance/OrganisationPolicy/EstatesAndFaci.... Winning Ways: working to reduce healthcare associated infections in England. DH, (2003) 7. Infection control guidance for general practice: ICNA & RCGP 20038. Audit tools for monitoring infection control standards (2004) Infection Control Nurses Association in partnership with the Department of Health9. New Model Contract on cleaning frequencies (2004) www.nhsestates.gov.uk 10. Boyce JM, Potter-Bynoe G, Chenevert C, King T (1997) Environmental contamination due to MRSA: possible infection control implications. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, Vol 18, No 9Collins BJ, (1988) The hospital environment: how clean should a hospital be? Journal of Hospital Infection, Vol 11, supplement A February, pp 53-56

Keywords:
Policy Cleanliness Infection control MRSA Campaign
Reviewer Name:
Sue Wiseman
Reviewer Post:
Nurse Consultant –Infection Control, DH
Reviewer Affiliations:
Member Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens Health Protection Adviser Royal College of Nursing P/T Member Infection Control Nurses Association