Winning ways – working together to reduce healthcare acquired infection. Report from CMO | National Resource for Infection Control (NRIC)

Winning ways – working together to reduce healthcare acquired infection. Report from CMO

Government report, Policy
Abstract: 
This National plan reviews the current state of play on healthcare associated infections and sets out the actions necessary to control them. There are seven action areas consisting of measures known to be effective in reducing the risks of healthcare associated infection which includes surveillance and investigation, reducing risks from invasive devices, reducing reservoirs of infection, hygiene standards in clinical practice, prudent use of antibiotics, senior management commitment and research & development.
Authors: 
Chief Medical Officer
Category: 
Control
Management
Prevention

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Summary:
National plan reviews current state of play on healthcare associated infections and sets out the actions necessary to control them. There are seven action areas consisting of measures known to be effective in reducing the risks of healthcare associated infection which includes surveillance and investigation, reducing risks from invasive devices, reducing reservoirs of infection, hygiene standards in clinical practice, prudent use of antibiotics, senior management commitment and research & development.
Questions Addressed:
The report sets out a clear direction for local NHS that is necessary to reduce the relatively high levels of certain healthcare associated infection and to curb the increase in antibiotic resistant organisms
Type of Study:
Policy Document
Methods Valid:
Yes
Methods Valid Detail:

Pulls together DH communications on existing information and results from advisory structures and expert committees/working parties on healthcare associated infection and antimicrobial resistance.

Results Reliability:
Recommendations based on limited research, examples of good practice and expert advice
Problems or Biases:

More research and development would be useful to inform the guidance but not at present available?

Relevant Studies:

See references Page 3-4 in report

Keywords:
Healthcare Associated Infection (HCAI) Surveillance Hygiene Antibiotics Management of HCAI
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