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Working together to prevent and control infections: A study of the arrangements for infection prevention and control between hospitals and care homes

Best practice, Research study
Abstract: 
Infections are passing between hospitals and care homes due to a lack of communication between care services.  The CQC new report highlights a need for hospitals and care homes to provide information about infections to each other to: - make sure that people with, or recovering from, an infection are cared for properly; - reduce the chances of other people being infected. The report finds that: - information about infection is not provided in a coordinated way; - care home managers have concerns about illegible or incomplete discharge information; - ambulance crews are often left out of the information loop; - care homes have not fully implemented national infection control guidelines. Cynthia Bower, CQC chief executive says: “Infection prevention and control is not simply an issue for hospitals – care needs to be clean and safe wherever it is provided. “Care homes and hospitals should make sure that they have good arrangements for joint working to ensure they are providing high quality, safe care. If we find that providers of care are not coming up to standard in this area, we will take action.”
Authors: 
Care Quality Commission
Category: 
Control
Management
Prevention